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November 26, 2020 - 24/7 Wall St.

USA: 46 Million Turkeys Were Killed For Thanksgiving

USA: 46 Million Turkeys Were Killed For Thanksgiving
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that nearly 250 million turkeys are killed each year. Of those about 46 million, or nearly 20%, are killed for Thanksgiving meals. The University of Illinois says another 22 million are killed for Christmas meals and 19 million for Easter.

The COVID-19 pandemic could shave down actual turkey killings this year because families will have smaller gatherings. The New York Times reports that “All indications are that the holiday gatherings that used to bring together dozens of people to share one or two turkeys will be scuttled in favor of smaller celebrations.” Or, perhaps 46 million were killed, with a larger than normal portion being less than traditional turkey size.

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