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Farm lets customers name Christmas dinner before slaughter

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 How well would you want to know your Christmas dinner before it got slaughtered? (iStock)There's knowing where your food came from -- and then there's knowing what its name was, what it looked like, and how it acted around your family.

But the owners of one organic turkey farm in Scotland say that's exactly the point.

Whitmuir farm in West Linton, Scotland, has launched an "adopt-a-turkey" program that lets a customer pay room and board for their Christmas dinner during the six months it takes to grow.

For about $24, Scots can name their turkeys and visit them at the free-run farm whenever they'd like to.

Co-owner Heather Anderson told The Scotsman that while some people refrain from getting too close to the birds, most families do choose to give their dinner a name. She's seen such monikers as Horace, Ethel, Bonzo and even Christmas Dinner.

"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.'"

The initiative was launched as part of a trend to make consumers more aware of the connection between how their food is produced and what they see on the table, Anderson said.
"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," she said.

What are your thoughts on naming and knowing an animal intended to be eaten? Would this be a fun educational experience for your family, or would it result in heartbreak?

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