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Turkeys Celebrate at Popcorn Park Zoo


CONTACT: Roseann Trezza, Executive Director
November 6, 2006


LACEY TOWNSHIP, NJ – Sweetie and Gobbles can relax in comfort this month, knowing their fate will be much happier than many of their cousins around the nation. The two wild turkeys will enjoy their own Thanksgiving feast at their home along with some 200 other animals that are blessed to live at the Popcorn Park Zoo.

Sweetie and Gobbles, two friendly birds were once owned as pets, but turned in to the zoo after their owner said they became too big to handle. They now happily roam the zoo’s seven acres, along with ducks, geese, peacocks and other feathered friends.

“Everyday, we at Associated Humane Societies count our blessings that we have been able to save and enhance the lives of hundreds of abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted animals,” said Roseann Trezza, Executive Director, Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park Zoo.

Sweetie and Gobbles probably don’t know this, but each year about 46 million turkeys make it onto the tables of Thanksgiving revelers around the nation. Although it has never really been formally documented, many historians think that turkey was served during the first Thanksgiving feast between the Pilgrims and the Northeastern Native Americans in 1620, as the birds were raised by the Native Americans.

And, had Benjamin Franklin had his way, our national bird would not be the Bald Eagle, but the wild turkey. "The turkey is a much more respectable Bird and withal a true original Native of North America," Franklin said. --more--- Gobbles, one of two resident turkeys at Popcorn Park Zoo, counts his blessings for his happy home. Thanksgiving Turkeys

When celebrating Thanksgiving, please be sure that your pets are safe, happy and healthy this holiday season. Read our tips for a happy Thanksgiving for your pets.

For those who may have some vegetarian guests or are debating about the subject itself, Whole Foods and Garden Protein has a new faux turkey with flavor and texture just like the "real thing." Through an undercover investigation, People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals has discovered horrific cruelties at Butterball plants. Even though more than 98 percent of the land animals such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, etc., are eaten in the United States, the Humane Methods Slaughter Act excludes them from coverage. For more information, you can log on to the PETA website at

If you still prefer turkey on your Thanksgiving banquet table, consider purchasing free-range poultry, now available at many supermarkets.


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