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Scots can adopt a turkey, then eat it

Dec. 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM

WEST LINTON, Scotland, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Patrons of Whitmuir Farm in in Scotland can adopt a turkey, name it, watch it grow and then eat it, farm co-owner Heather Anderson says.

Fifteen pounds ($24.18), covers the cost of raising the turkey for six months at the organic farm near West Linton, The Scotsman reported Sunday. The idea behind it is to help people better understand how their food is produced.

Anderson finds it "ridiculous" some people cringe at the thought their dinner once walked around.

"Most people are delighted to see the turkeys and to see that they're well looked after," she said. "If there's any squeamishness it's from the adults, not children. They ­understand 'that's my turkey, that's what I'm going to see at Christmas.'

"By paying for their bed and board you're acknowledging that it takes six months of care and attention to raise these birds -- it's a down payment on us looking after your Christmas dinner."

Anderson says women frequently name their birds after their husbands. Then there's the one whose name directly foretold its fate: "Christmas Dinner."

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