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'My Life as a Turkey'

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Posted November 22, 2011 by peta2 staff

If you haven’t yet seen the PBS special My Life as a Turkey, I highly encourage you to watch it today. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of animals who are often seen as little more than Thanksgiving centerpieces. The film follows Joe Hutto as he raises 16 turkeys, left on his porch as eggs, from hatchlings to adulthood.

Watching the turkeys form an intense bond with their “mother,” Joe, and seeing them grow, learn, and interact would make the staunchest carnivore think twice about calling these sensitive, intelligent birds “dinner.”

Watch My Life as a Turkey in its entirety here, and be sure to share it with friends and fam. And while you’re at it, feel free to check out some of our yummy turkey-friendly Thanksgiving recipes.

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  • 1835 days ago

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    that is….ADORABLE!!!!!!!

  • 1841 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That is absolutely adorable <3

  • 1842 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This was an amazing show. Educational, emotional, and amuzing. Glad that no turkey will be on my plate this year again.

  • 1842 days ago

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    My school had to cancel it’s “turkey trot” (a race) today because of rain. It’s good for animals, though, because the first prize (a dead bird) won’t be purchased!

  • 1842 days ago

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    That brought tears to my eyes. <3

    • 1842 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Me too. Amazing video.

  • 1843 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That movie was so cute! And so very emotional, the way he treated the turkeys as his own children and for him to grow such emotional attachments with these birds was incredible. I felt so bad for him by the end. But atleast he had that amazing experience and really changed history for many peoplee… and turkeys:D

  • 1843 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    how beautifull!

  • 1843 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that looks cool, i want to see the rest of it

  • 1843 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Awwww.

  • 1843 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What time does is come on????

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