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Group Wants People To Have Turkeys As Guests, Not Fare

November 21, 1987

BALTIMORE (AP) _ At least 25 lucky turkeys won’t end up on dinner tables this Thanksgiving - they’re being adopted as pets by supporters of Farm Sanctuary, a group protesting the factory farming of the birds.

″It’s a tough time of year for turkeys,″ said Jane Broadwater, who with her husband is taking two turkeys into her Frostburg, Md., home. ″We’re happy to give them a home and enjoy their company.″

Residents of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are also participating in Farm Sanctuary’s ″Adopt-a-Turkey″ campaign.

″It seems to be a fun way to educate people about animals. ... They’re really wonderful birds,″ said Lorri Bauston, director of the Rockford, Del.- based group, which is working to end what it calls abusive animal agricultural practices.

The 25 turkeys were ″rescued″ from farms where Farm Sanctuary claims turkeys live under harsh conditions, she said this week.

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