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Conclusion

Last updated 17 November 2017

In conclusion, this research identifies and presents some key information regarding the welfare issues of factory- farmed turkeys in Australia. The industry continues to show little concern for the health and welfare of turkeys, but much more concern for productivity and profit. As a result, these sentient and sensitive animals live in a state of constant suffering. Every aspect of a factory-farmed turkey's life is controlled and unnatural, from the moment of conception to slaughter.

Factory-farmed turkeys endure a range of stress and health problems as a result of their genetic make-up and the overcrowded environments in which they are raised. Fritz, cited in Davis, states 'the modern bird's (turkey's) swollen body, distorted physical shape, and inability to mate naturally remind [sic] us not only of the cruel arbitrariness of fate, but of the sinister power of humanity'.(96)

The welfare of factory-farmed turkeys must urgently be improved, as current methods and procedures cause and perpetuate a range of health and stress problems. The life cycle of a turkey in a factory farm is a fast and furious three months of misery and suffering. This industrial-scale cruelty does our society, and the institutions and organisations that condone it, no credit at all.

 

Animal Liberation ACT (www.aussieturkeys.com

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