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In light of avian flu outbreak, humane society suggests going turkey-free this Christmas

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The avian flu outbreak has the Vancouver Humane Society asking you to do things differently this Christmas.

“We’re asking people to have a humane Christmas this year and think of the animals,” says Debra Probert with the society.

The group is calling for a boycott of factory-farmed turkeys and hoping people will go vegetarian this year after the avian flu hit Fraser Valley farms this month.

“I think this is a good opportunity to bring to light the suffering that these animals go through in order to end up on our plate.”

Probert says turkey is just a small part of the Christmas dinner and there are lots of vegetarian options — like Tofurkey — out there.

“Having been a vegetarian for 25 years, I can attest to the fantastic alternatives that are available now.”