With Thanksgiving happening in America yesterday, many families across the country will have served a feast of turkey.
A TikTok of a live turkey standing next to an oven while one of its own species is being cooked in it has gone viral, sparking huge backlash and debate.
A clip from @ our10acres went viral on TikTok when a live turkey appeared in the kitchen next to an oven that was cooking a turkey.
In the clip you can hear the woman saying, “What are you doing, boy?” how the turkey looks into the oven, at the bird that is being roasted.
She continued, “It’s okay you don’t know him.”
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The video has been viewed 37.2 million times and thousands of people have entered the comment section to give their opinion.
Some seemed to find the video funny and joked that the turkey would worry about its own fate for the next year.
One person wrote, “He looks like I’ll be moving out before this time next year.”
However, others thought it was “mean” and argued that the animal can feel emotions.
Someone commented, “You know she’s really sentient … she literally knows what’s going on. Feel pain and even emotion. Scientifically proven sentience. Damned.”
Another said, “Come on, don’t do this. It’s still kind of sad and mean to show him that. I understand you want to be funny, but come on, it’s mean even to an animal. “
While opinions were certainly different, some people called the people criticizing the video and said they would likely eat meat that day.
One person said, “The same people who say this is wrong and cruel are the same people who will later eat turkey and ham.”
In response to a comment from someone who said it was “kind of sad,” @ our10acres replied that the turkey was purchased from the store rather than their farm.
They also suggested that the turkey, Big Red, look in the oven because it wanted to eat it.
They wrote, “It’s okay to feel this way. If it helps, that’s a shop that bought turkey and Big Red wanted to eat it.
“Turkeys are curious, but have no idea about ovens.”