Undercover footage obtained by Mercy For Animals provides a shocking look behind the scenes at a Lilydale slaughterhouse in Canada. The disturbing hidden-camera footage shows turkeys painfully shackled upside down, shocked with electricity, cut open, and even scalded in vats of hot water—all while still alive and able to feel pain.


It’s Not Just Turkey, It’s Torture

Routine Violence

Workers rip turkeys out of transport crates and violently shackle them upside down on the slaughter line.

Sick Birds

Severely sick and injured turkeys are slaughtered along with other birds intended for human consumption.

Painfully Shocked

Frightened birds are dragged through electrified water, painfully shocked but still conscious and able to feel pain.

Scalded Alive

Birds have their throats cut open and their heads ripped off and are even scalded alive in hot water tanks.

Nature vs. Factory Farms


In nature, turkeys spend their time caring for their young, foraging for food, and building nests. Mother turkeys will even risk their own lives to fend off predators.


On factory farms, turkeys are locked in giant windowless sheds. They never get to see the sun, feel the grass beneath their feet, or experience the nurturing comfort of their mothers.


Turkeys use more than 20 different sounds to communicate with each other, including the distinctive gobble produced only by males, which can be heard more than a mile away.


The cries of turkeys on factory farms go unheard. These unfortunate birds are condemned to short lives filled with misery and deprivation and face violent deaths at the slaughterhouse.


Wild turkeys are sleek and agile birds who can fly up to 55 miles per hour and run up to 25 miles per hour. Their natural lifespan can be as long as 10 years.


Bred to grow too large, many turkeys suffer from crippling leg deformities and heart attacks. Most farmed turkeys are slaughtered at just five months of age.

The best way for individual consumers to help end this cruelty is to leave animals off their plates.