Animal Rights Activists Protest Outside Roperti's Turkey Farm In Livonia

Thanksgiving is a little under three weeks away.

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November 10, 2019 - 1:47 pm

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LIVONIA, Mich. (WWJ) -- A group of animal rights activists gathered outside a local turkey farm Sunday in protest, a little less than three weeks ahead of Thanksgiving.

A little more than a dozen protesters were outside Roperti's Turkey Farm along Five Mile Road between Farmington and Levan Sunday morning to send a message against the "turkey murderers."

One sign read "animals murdered here," while another showed a photo of a turkey and the words "want to live."

Roperti's -- which was founded in 1948 by an Italian immigrant new to the Detroit area, according to the farm's website -- says it will sell about 4,000 turkeys to customers all over the world this Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Thanksgiving turkeys will be served on more than 40 million tables across the U.S., according to Roperti's.

PETA calls serving turkeys on Thanksgiving a "disgrace" to the "fascinating birds." In an ad PETA says NBC banned from airing a decade ago, a young girl gives a Thanksgiving grace depicting rough farm conditions for the turkeys.

Roperti's website says their turkeys are free-range and corn fed, raised without any steroids and sold with no added preservatives.