PETA Turkeys: Leona and Brian

Leona Lewis and Brian May have been saved from a terrible fate this Christmas, a pair of turkeys named after the big on animals celebs have been saved from a visit to the abattoir.

It was touch and go, but listeners of Oxford radio station Jack FM supported to save the turkeys at the centre of what has been described as a “tacky and irresponsible” publicity stunt.

The station had promoted an online poll to “keep it” or “cook it”. Now with help from PETA, Sir Brian May, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis and the votes of thousands of people, the two turkeys arrived earlier this week at the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Brentwood, Essex, where they’ll never again face the threat of the abattoir.

The birds have been renamed after their celebrity backers.

“Christmas is a time of goodwill, and I’m glad that sentiment has been extended to these two turkeys, I look forward to visiting the pair at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, where they’ll be treated as the living, feeling, intelligent beings they are.” – Leona Lewis

In nature, turkeys are protective and loving parents as well as spirited explorers who can climb trees and run as fast as 40 kilometres per hour. Turkeys in the wild can live up to ten years, but those in the meat industry are normally slaughtered between 12 and 26 weeks of age.

“The young birds are hung upside down from metal shackles and dragged through an electrified bath that can cause them to have full-body tremors. Sometimes the turkeys are still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re placed into a bath of scalding-hot water that’s used to remove their feathers. With so many delicious plant-based options available, including from vegan brands Field Roast and VBites Foods, it’s easy to celebrate Christmas by including animals in our season of goodwill.” – PETA

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