45 MILLION TURKEYS
According to the USDA as reported in CUESA Newsletter 11/11/11, "Americans eat about 45 million turkeys for Thanksgiving each year, 99% of which are Broad Breasted Whites. These birds have been bred for a heavy breast and rapid growth. As a result, they experience a myriad of health and mobility issues as they mature, including the inability to fly, and in some cases, walk. (They are often given growth hormones and other additives. DM) They cannot mate naturally, so breeders must use artificial insemination for reproduction. In short, if left to nature, the modern turkey would not survive. Your typical Thanksgiving turkey is raised in a high-density confinement facility, in which it endures overcrowding, poor sanitation, and lack of access to outdoor space. The wast from these industrial operations places a heavy environmental toll on the surrounding landscape."
P.S. from Dixie Mahy. Because of the inhumane, unsustainable elements involved with factory farmed turkeys, some people are turning to more sustainable humane farmed turkeys, While this is an improvement over factory farm turkeys, it is not as humane as not killing turkeys and not as sustainable as eating grains directly (it takes approximately 10 pounds of vegetable protein to make 1 pound of turkey protein). You could feed a lot more people on a vegan diet. Also, from a health viewpoint, when you eat any animal flesh, you are still eating its cellular metabolic waste products called urea, as well as cholesterol and fat.
San Francisco Vegetarian Society