AS Christmas approaches, I would like to raise awareness about animal cruelty.

Most turkeys are intensively farmed and fattened up so quickly that often their legs cannot support them. They collapse and try to drag themselves along by their wings. Tens of thousands die because they cannot get to food and water points. They become so fat that their hearts can actually explode.

Many turkeys have the ends of their beaks cut off to stop plucking and cannibalism – behaviour caused by stress. This can leave them in permanent pain.

At the slaughterhouse most are hung upside down and dragged through an electrified water-bath to stun them. It doesn’t always work and many birds are still fully conscious when their throats are cut.

Why not go for a delicious cruelty-free alternative this Christmas?

Going vegan is easy, inexpensive, healthier and better for the planet.