11/14/2014 07:32 am ET Updated Nov 14, 2014

This Is How You Slaughter A Turkey For Thanksgiving

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Today, we are going to share with you what slaughtering turkeys is all about. In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving, and the millions of birds that will be slaughtered for this occasion, we felt the timing was appropriate. This here is not a tale of "look how awful the slaughtering of turkeys is." And it is definitely not a look at the horrors of factory-farmed birds. Rather, this is an unbiased look at what it means to slaughter a turkey on a small farm.

The series of photographs below is presented in an attempt to connect us, the consumers of turkey on Thanksgiving, to the meat we are going to eat through an understanding of how that food got from the farm to our plates. The photos and information presented below are on the gruesome side -- if you have a weak stomach and don't like the sight of blood, this is not for you -- but the photos are not meant to shock, just educate.

The photos and video presented below are courtesy of Kristeva Dowling from The Howling Duck Ranch.

Processing Turkeys

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