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Chickens are great companions. If only more people knew how smart and loveable they can be.
Celeste Albritton

This webpage belongs to a series that I hope will portray the fact that farm animals, just like any other animal, are beautiful creatures. Of all farm animals poultry attract less attention and sympathy than their counterparts. In fact many people mistakenly consider themselves vegetarian if they continue to eat poultry, such as a  chicken. Why? Is this because these creatures are birds and many consider birds less sentient than mammals, such as pigs, cattle and sheep?  If this is your opinion than please think again after reading
Sentience in Farm Animal: Poultry  Perhaps is it simply the confusion of what is an animal and what is not? If this is the case please read Vegetarianism/veganism.

The Dalai Lama, considers that people think of animals as vegetables:

People think of animals as if they were vegetables, and that is not right. We have to change the way people think about animals. I encourage the Tibetan people and all people to move toward a vegetarian diet that doesn't cause suffering.
The Dalai Lama

I personably think that in particular people think of poultry in the same way as they think of vegetables.

Or perhaps we consider poultry less when thinking of animal exploitation simply because they are less like us.

I hope to show with the photographs included on this page that poultry are not only beautiful birds, beautiful animals, as of course birds are animals, but also that they are sentient beings and deserve our respect and like any other animal should not be exploited for food, for clothing or entertainment.

A few of the photographs in this collection do not belong to this website, to access the original image and licensing details please click the links that follow each photograph.


Please always keep in mind that all the photographs on this page are of birds that are wild, kept in sanctuaries or kept as pets. Read the facts about the cruelty of factory farming poultry including the cramped wretched conditions of battery hens, the production of foie gras and the plucking of live birds for down feathers :
Factory Farming Poultry

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...surprising to many is the fact that chickens are endowed with memory and emotions, and that they have a keenly developed consciousness of one another and of their surroundings.
Karen Davis, PhD, *)



I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.
Isaac Bashevis, singer
(c) 2007 by Wanda Embar, Vegan Peace. Picture taken at Farm Sanctuary.*4) No larger image available

Find out what happens to chickens in the factory farming system, and also the fate of free range chickens: Factory Farming: Chickens


Below is a Domestic goose, domesticated geese are breed for their meat and eggs. In addition to their meat geese are also exploited for Foie gras and for their feathers and down, which may be plucked from them whilst they are still alive! To read about the exploitation of these animals in the farming industry please click the following link: Factory Farming: Geese

Domestic goose  *1)  No larger image available
Baby Canada Geese *2)


Benjamin Franklin describes the turkey as "a Bird of Courage"

"I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red coat on."

Benjamin Franklin in a letter to his daughter.

A turkey is either of two or three living species of large birds  One species, Meleagris gallopavo, commonly known as the Wild Turkey, is native to the forests of North America. The other species, Meleagris ocellata, known as the Ocellated Turkey, is native to the forests of the Yucatán Peninsula.

The domestic turkey is a descendant of the Wild Turkey and sadly is killed and eaten to celebrate Thanks giving in the USA and Canada and Christmas the world over. Read about the atrocities of factory farming as it relates to turkeys:
Factory Farming Turkeys

Below is a magnificent wild turkey

North American Male Turkey *3)
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Domesticated Turkeys at Farm Sanctuary

(c) 2008 by Wanda Embar, Vegan Peace. Picture taken at Farm Sanctuary.*4)
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Ducks are farmed for their meat, eggs, and down. A minority of ducks are also kept for foie gras production. To read about the appalling treatment of ducks in factory farms including the particulay cruel methods of producing of foie gras where the birds are force fed and the females chicks not suitable for foie gras are minced alive Factory Farming Ducks

A mother duck and her ducklings

A wild duck sleeping . Yes indeed ducks in the wild sometimes sleep on one leg, the reason for which I have yet to find out.

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Domestic Goose Original image and licensing details

Baby Canada Geese  Original image and licensing details

North American Make Turkey. Original image and licensing details

Two turkeys, and two hens Original images and licensing details


*) Essay the Social life of Chickens by Karen Davis, PhD, President of United     Poultry Concerns

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