Welcome to my annual turkey rescue. On this page you’ll find a youtube video of the 2014 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 Pamela and Alexandra Turkey, named for the Baywatch babes, Pamela Anderson and Alexandra Paul, who grew into fantastic vegan activist women. They 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 holiday I will take Pamela and Alexandra up to Farm Sanctuary in Orland, Northern California. 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, much like dogs, 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 a lot more fun when the turkeys are alive and well.”
Here's our YouTube video. You should be able to watch (or capture) it in standard or HD resolution.
Below are low res photos of the rescue operation. You’ll find higher res in this dropbox.
To learn more about my animal advocacy work, read my bio here.
You can get in touch with Karen Dawn via email at the "contact" link at the top of this page.