Like broiler chickens, turkeys raised for meat have been bred to grow at unnaturally rapid rates, causing them to suffer a host of painful injuries and illnesses including heart disease, foot ulcerations, and skeletal disorders causing lameness. The stress of confinement can cause turkeys to injure each other and as a result are often debeaked and have parts of their toes crudely cut off, as well as their snood (the fleshy part of their face), all without pain relief or anesthetic. Due to their unnaturally large size, commercial turkeys can no longer breed naturally and must be artificially inseminated.

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