Below table depicts the number of birds slaughtered to satiate the British appetite per annum. Counting at least 40% for the Christmas season(October to December), there were at 6 million headless turkeys on platter last year. Poor birds!! Another trend to note is that the number of turkeys slaughtered went down and the number of chicken went up – nuclear families won’t be capable of consuming a 7 kilo turkey; cost of a chicken is less. Add the eight million Christmas trees chopped off every year, this is is a double edged sword – a business opportunity for the entrepreneur and a nightmare for anti-pollution and animal rights campaigners(6 million birds and 8 million trees cut down for a single day?)

Year Broilers(million) Turkeys(million)
1994 674.5 36.5
1995 692.7 39.6
1996 728.7 38.7
1997 756.2 36.3
1998 763.5 33.6
1999 776.4 28.6
2000 760.3 27.0
2001 782.2 26.1
2002 781.7 23.4
2003 803.6 21.7
2004 805.8 21.4
2005 827.2 19.2
2006 813.1 17.9
2007 805.0 15.6
2008 791.6 15.9
2009 799.0 15.5
2010 862.6 15.6
2011 854.9 16.9
2012 873.8 18.4
2013 902.2 17.5
2014 900.4 15.3
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