9:42am-Good Morning! Another beautiful day here at Sunrise. Though I love these beautiful days we need some rain. I haven't had a chance to look at the weather yet, but hopefully we'll get some soon. I hope you enjoy the pics below and have a great day.
Did you know what humans have done to turkeys?
An average turkey's lifespan is up to 10 years, but a genetically modified turkey has a maximum lifespan of 2-3 years and that's decreasing as they breed them to be larger.
Typically, the purpose of selective breeding is to combine two genetically superior members of the same species in order to pass the desirable traits along to their offspring. But when it comes to commerical turkeys on factory farms, what is ultimately produced are pathologically obese, weak, but quick-growing creatures ready for the Thanksgiving dinner table. (Alot of them are slaughtered around 5 months.)
Abormal Size and Growth- The average weight of today's "commercial" turkey at the time of slaughter is 29 pounds-121 percenter greater than the average turkey in 1929. On top of that, they grow twice as fast as their predecessors did. If the rate continues, we could see the average turkey weight reach 40 pounds by 2020.
Clipped Upper Beak- Farmers clip their turkeys' beaks in order to prevent them from hurting or killing each other due to their confined living spaces.
Heart and Lung Disease- Because they grow large so rapidly, the hearts and lungs of genetically manipulated turkeys can't support the rest of ther bodies at the same rate, resulting in congestive heart and lung disease.
White Feathers-Over the years, the majority of turkeys have been bred to have white feathers, which have finer shafts that are less visible when plucked.
Flightless Wings- Due to their immense weight and swollen joints, commericial turkeys can't fly like their wild predecessors.
Artificially Inseminated- Not only do commercial turkeys rely on artificial insemination for genetic manipulation, it's considered a better option because mature male turkeys are often too large to achieve traditional fertilization without causing injury to hens.
Crippled Feet and Swollen Joints- Forced into cramped spaces and engineered to grow quicker, genetically modified turkeys can't bear their own weight, which causes feet and joint problems.