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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Turkeys Get Spa Treatment for Thanksgiving

Posted By on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 8:18 AM

It's exactly what it looks like -- a turket getting blow dried. - KAREN DAWN
  • Karen Dawn
  • It's exactly what it looks like -- a turket getting blow dried.

Here are two turkeys that won't be able to make it to your Thanksgiving table this year -- they already have plans to spend the holiday getting pampered, not eaten.

So count them out.

The two birds -- Jessica and Anne -- dodged their own Thanksgiving fate this year after a Southern California turkey lover saved them from a slaughterhouse and treated them the way we all deserve to be treated -- with a day at the spa.

We know what you're thinking: "Where's my spa treatment?"

The lucky birds recently arrived at the home of Karen Dawn, a California animal rescuer/really nice person, where they were bathed, blow dried and massaged. The turkeys will be the guests of honor at her Thanksgiving feast in Pacific Palisades, meaning they'll be sitting at the table, not on the table in a serving dish.

"I do this as a fun way to send a serious message -- most people would be unaware that most animal cruelty laws exempt farm animals and turkeys are not even covered under federal humane slaughter laws -- so their lives and deaths for our holiday celebration are unconscionably painful," Dawn said.

After the holiday, the spoiled birds will be taken to Animal Place in Northern California where they will live and work as "turkey ambassadors" teaching youngsters all about turkeys and how "turkey day is a lot more fun when the turkeys are alive and well."

If you are vegan, or just feeling emotional today for reasons unrelated to meat, Dawn is currently raising funds that will go toward Jessica and Anne's new life in Grass Valley. Mani and pedis aren't cheap, you know.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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