The Incredible Journeys of 3 Turkeys Rescued by Farm Sanctuaries

The holiday season is a time to reflect on everything we are thankful for. However, it can be challenging to celebrate life and connect with loved ones when we gather around an animal whose life was unjustly taken from them.

Farm sanctuaries provide hope for turkeys and other animals rescued from factory farms, providing them a new lease on life. By choosing plant-based foods this holiday season, we can make a meaningful impact and extend compassion to animals unfairly used for food. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the remarkable stories of three rescued turkeys and celebrate life’s beauty by honoring all living beings. 

Luke Skywalker 

Luke was rescued from slaughter before Thanksgiving in 2015. Sadly, he had been kept in terrible conditions and was mistreated. He also feared humans when he arrived at The Gentle Barn, his new home. However, with patience and time, Luke Skywalker realized he was safe. Now he eagerly awaits his meals at the gate, enjoys interacting with guests, and eats from their hands.


In November 2020, Sophie was rescued from a live market in NYC. The activists who saved her contacted the Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary, who welcomed the baby into their family. Sophie is now thriving and enjoying life at the sanctuary. She learns quickly from her turkey friends and provides comfort to her turkey family. 


In 2015, Dani and her sisters Amy and Sophie were rescued from a turkey farm. They were only three months old. Dani had her toes and beak cut off, which is a standard but cruel practice in the turkey industry. When Dani arrived at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, she was very scared. But with much love and care from the shelter team, Dani quickly learned to be her talkative and courageous self.

As we express our gratitude, let us take a moment to appreciate the journey of these rescued turkeys and the incredible transformations they experienced. By sharing their stories and engaging in open conversations, we can help cultivate a better understanding of a more compassionate world for all beings.

Although the stories shared here have a positive outcome, we must remember the countless animals still suffering. Take a stand against cruelty this holiday season by exploring our free How to Eat Veg guide and pledging to Pardon a Turkey