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How many turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving?

The sort of morbid thought of how many turkeys are killed each year for Thanksgiving has crossed the minds of many... let’s take a look...

Surprising alternative ways to cook your Thanksgiving turkey

The central component of most Thanksgiving dinners is the turkey, and each year, millions are slaughtered for the holiday meal. Paired with mashed potatoes, green bean casseroles, gravy, rolls, and cranberry sauce, for many, the turkey brings all the flavors together. Inflation has caused the prices of all these goods to increase in recent years. However, the American Farm Bureau Federation reported earlier this month that there are some signs of relief that the cost of Thanksgiving dinner will come down this year.

Many have already purchased their bird... and we will take a look at how many were purchased across the United States.

A look at the numbers

Not all turkeys are as luck as the one that is pardoned by the US President each year.

According to the Food Empowerment Project (FEP), around 46 million turkeys are killed each year before accounting for those slaughtered throughout other points in the year. Around 270 million turkeys are slaughtered annually for consumption worldwide when the figures are combined. The FEP notes that the conditions under which these animals live are inhumane, with the vast majority being “raised in industrial animal factories.”

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More ethical options

For those willing to pay more, free-range options are available. Contact your local butcher shop or farms in your area ahead of time to see if they are able to provide you with a free-range bird. Alternatively, YouTube channels provide guides on raising turkeys for personal slaughter.

Though this option is only for the brave-hearted.