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This year for Thanksgiving, I adopted a turkey via the Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-a-Turkey Project. Care to join me?

The Adopt-A-Turkey Project provides people with an opportunity to take an active role in the birds’ care by helping to fund their food, bedding and veterinary needs, as well as education and advocacy efforts for turkeys and other farm animals. For a one-time donation of $25, sponsors receive an official “adoption” certificate with a photograph of their turkey, a one-year membership to Farm Sanctuary, and a subscription to the organization’s quarterly magazine. Turkey adoptions also make great holiday gifts.

The Adopt-A-Turkey Project has enabled Farm Sanctuary to save more than 1,000 turkeys, and place hundreds with loving families through the Turkey Express. These turkeys’ lives are a marked contrast to the daily pain and suffering endured by turkeys on factory farms. With 250 to 300 million turkeys slaughtered for food in the U.S. every year – more than 45 million for Thanksgiving alone – thousands of birds are tightly confined in giant sheds, parts of their beaks and toes are amputated without anesthetic, and they are slaughtered when they are only 14 to 18 weeks old. With charming turkey ambassadors symbolizing a better way, the Adopt-A-Turkey Project has encouraged millions to reconsider what they eat on Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming.

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