Dear National Farm Animal Care Council:
I was horrified to see undercover footage from an Ontario factory farm that showed turkeys thrown, kicked, and beaten with shovels and metal rods, and others left to die from festering, bloody wounds. Something must be done to stop this needless cruelty. Turkeys are every bit as capable of experiencing pain and suffering as dogs and cats, and deserve the same protection from abuse.
I am asking that you establish comprehensive codes of practice for turkey producers in order to ensure that
* all sick or injured birds are provided with immediate treatment, and if necessary, humane euthanasia by a qualified veterinarian;
* the turkey industry immediately stops breeding turkeys to grow so quickly they become crippled under their own weight; and
* video monitoring systems are installed in all facilities that handle farmed animals, and footage streamed live to the internet to prevent malicious animal abuse.
As a civilized society it is our moral obligation to protect all animals, including turkeys, from needless cruelty and violence. Thank you for your time and attention.