Animal Rights Activists Hold Wake Outside Farm for 9 Turkeys Killed for Christmas Dinner

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A group of vegans held a candle-lit vigil outside a Bristol farm to mourn 9 turkeys slaughtered for Christmas dinner.

The 9 turkeys were meant to be auctioned off by St. Werburgh’s City Farm to raise money for less fortunate people, but a few animal rights activists campaigned against the event on social media.

The farm was pressured to cancel the event after the backlash they received from the vegan community but still decided to kill the birds at an abattoir on December 8, just in time for Christmas, reports Bristol Live.

Seven animal rights activists stood in silence in front of the farm while holding candles and a sign with the words “They wanted to live.”

The activists also gave vegan mince pies to passers by in order to encourage people to go vegan.

“There’s a lot of anger that the turkeys are dead, but we just want people to have a peaceful outlet for their grief,” says Sarah Nicol, the vigil’s organizer.

The group’s aim is to stop animals from getting killed by farms and turn Bristol farms into animal sanctuaries.

However, St. Werburgh’s confirmed in a statement that they will not turn into a sanctuary in the future and only aims to educate people regarding where their food comes from.

“We feel that we have an important role to play in educating people about where their food comes from so they can make an informed decision about their food choices,” says a spokesperson from the farm.

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Roxanne Libatique

Written by Roxanne Libatique

Roxanne is a vegan journalist and advocate for animal rights and mental health. She tries to live consciously and spends her free time traveling, enjoying vegan food, volunteering, and speaking up for all animals. Connect with her at @roxlibatique on Twitter and Instagram.

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