Every November about 45 million turkeys are killed to be consumed at American Thanksgiving holiday tables, according to the National Turkey Federation.
But a few turkeys—only a very few—get lucky and dodge the slaughter.
Bogart is one of them. Thanks to his rescuer and to the volunteers at two animal protection groups, even though he hasn’t always been the most well-behaved boy, Bogart will never be on anyone’s table, unless it’s to snack on grapes and blueberries, his favorite treat.
Bogart slips the knife
Originally, a concerned citizen took Bogart to Animal Place, a farmed animal sanctuary in northern California.
The rescuer “wanted to make sure he wasn’t slaughtered for someone’s dinner,” said JP Novic, executive director of the Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE). “We’re not sure where he came from—just that this person saved him.”
But that was only the beginning of the bird’s journey.
“Bogart was causing big trouble over at Animal Place (AP),” Novic explains with an indulgent smile. “He was picking on the other turkeys and being naughty. They tried everything to help him settle in at their sanctuary, but Bogart was not cooperating. We work closely with AP and they asked if we could try him at the CAPE Sanctuary where he wouldn’t have to compete with other turkeys. At our sanctuary, he has a four-acre pasture that he shares with goats and Rootie the pig. They all get along great and Bogart knows to head for his stall in the barn at dusk. It’s pretty cute. He has fit in beautifully here.”
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