Tiny Tina was rescued just hours before slaughter, along with five other turkeys. Although Tina and her friends have been allowed outside, they are the minority. Turkeys can live up to 15 years, but at only six months old, Tina’s short life was almost over.
Around 18 million turkeys are slaughtered in the UK every year, with 10 million destroyed for Christmas alone. Most turkeys will spend their short lives in industrial sheds, never seeing the sunshine or able to exhibit their natural behaviours. Turkeys have been bred to grow at such speed that their bones and organs cannot keep up with such a pace. With skeletal deformities and bones too weak to support their own body weight, they often suffer from severe lameness and cannot even stand up. Forced into an unnatural growth spurt, turkeys raised for food are often very sick, developing congestive heart and lung diseases.
With the help and support of the staff at Dean Farm Trust, Tina is now on a strict feeding regime to ensure she does not put on weight too quickly. She is also learning to walk confidently, and undergoing an exercise regime to help build up her muscles in her legs. Tina is a very inquisitive and playful creature, and can often be found investigating goings-on around the farm with her friends. Failing that, she can usually be found napping on a hay bale! Her favourite treat is pecking at a watermelon. You can have long chats with Tina – she is very sociable and communicative. With your help, we will do all we can to give this beautiful girl a free, safe and happy life for however long that may be!
You can adopt Tina for just £25 (inc p&p) a year. Your pack will include: a letter, personalised A5 certificate, 6x4” colour photo supplied in a cool magnetic frame and one update. Half of your donation will feed and care for her and the other half will go to Viva! UK to help save thousands more lives – animal and human – through campaigns against factory farming.