Karen Dawn Turkey Rescue 2015

Please click here to SPONSOR A ThanksGIVING TURKEY AND support FARM SANCTUARY, where VENUS AND SERENA WILL LIVE OUT THEIR LIVES AS TURKEY AMBASSADORS.


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Welcome to my annual turkey rescue. On this page you’ll find a youtube video of the 2015 turkey rescue, including shots of the turkey bath and blow-dry and introductions to neighborhood children. We have also posted low res photos below and you can download higher res versions here. If you would like to get in touch for an interview, please shoot me an email via the “Contact” tab at the top of this page.

This year I have the pleasure of introducing you to Venus and Serena Turkey, named for the extraordinary athletes who have helped smash the myth that we need to eat animal protein in order to be strong.

Venus and Serena Turkey came from the local slaughter industry, destined for Thanksgiving dinner, and will be our holiday guests of honor - at the table rather than on it. The only turkey on our Thanksgiving table is a bottle of Wild Turkey bourbon!

After the holidays Venus and Serena will retire to Farm Sanctuary in Acton. They’ll live out their lives as turkey ambassadors, greeting guests and teaching them that turkeys are interesting and affectionate individuals, who, like all beings, are just looking for love.

I do this as a fun way to send out a serious message. Most people would be unaware that most animal cruelty laws exempt farm animals and allow anything considered "standard agricultural practice." For turkeys, that means having their beaks seared off and the ends of their toes cut off so that they don't rip each other apart when they are crammed together on factory farms.  And turkeys, like all poultry, are not even covered under federal humane slaughter laws – it's as if they aren't even animals. But my rescue videos make it clear that they are indeed animals, who love kindness and affection.
 
Though the videos include a few rough seconds to help inform people, my main message is the joyful:

"Turkey day is particularly fun when the turkeys are alive and well.”


Here's our YouTube video. You should be able to watch (or capture) it in standard resolution. Please email me, via the contact link at the top of this page, if you need high resolution of some of the bath and blowdry shots.


Below are low res photos of the rescue operation. You’ll find higher res in this dropbox.


 
Feeding Venus -- by Katja Wargin Turkey Blowdry -- by Hugh Slavitt

 

 
With neighborhood kids- by Katja Wargin Venus on my lap -- by Katja Wargin  
     
 

 

 

     
     


To learn more about my animal advocacy work, read my bio here.

Contact

You can get in touch with Karen Dawn via email at the "contact" link at the top of this page.