(US-ca) Not for dinner: Rescued turkeys livin' the good life
- ORLAND -- Eleven baby turkeys that landed at Farm Sanctuary near
Orland after being rescued from San Francisco International Airport
will be guests of honor at a "Celebration for the Turkeys" on Nov. 18.
When they arrived at the Orland sanctuary in August, the turkeys were
tiny six-ounce "poults." Now they're big girls, weighing 10 to 12
pounds, said Leanne Cronquist, shelter manager at the Orland Farm
She talked to a reporter recently about the rescued turkeys, which
have been living in the shelter's "hospital area" for recovering
At Farm Sanctuary, the young rescued turkeys might live to be 5 or 6
years old, Cronquist said.
The 11 birds were among more than 11,000 baby turkeys that a Canadian
company tried to ship to Zacky Farms in Fresno. Although the company
wanted the turkeys put on two airplanes, they were put on one.
According to the Peninsula Humane Society of San Mateo, the
overcrowded birds got hot and dehydrated and most died by the time the
airplane landed at San Francisco. Only about 1,900 reached Fresno.
In the aftermath, officials found 168 live baby turkeys remaining at
the airport and called the Humane Society. Most of these birds died,
but the 31 that survived were taken to the Humane Society and put up
for adoption. Eleven of them were delivered to Farm Sanctuary's refuge
People who participate in the Nov. 18 celebration will be served an
entirely vegan (no meat, dairy products or eggs) Thanksgiving feast.
Cost of the event is $30 per person. To register, call 1-607-583-2225
ext. 221 or go to www.AdoptATurkey.org on the Internet.
At the event, there will be time to visit the goats, pigs, cows, sheep
and other livestock that inhabit the place. And talks will be given by
Farm Sanctuary co-founder Gene Bauston and Lawrence Carter-Long, a
well-known animal advocate and spokesman for In Defense of Animals.
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