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Turkey Farm Employees Charged with Felony Animal Cruelty

By February 11, 2009

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Turkey Cruelty
One of twelve men, including three supervisors, who forcefully threw turkeys into coops for transport at Aviagen.
Photo courtesy of PETA.

Because of an undercover investigation by PETA, three employees at Aviagen Turkeys, Inc. in West Virginia have been charged with 19 counts of animal cruelty, including 11 felony counts. The undercover video shows employees stomping on, throwing and punching turkeys. When the investigator tried to talk to the supervisor about these abuses, the response was, "Every once in a while, everybody gets agitated and has to kill a bird." According to PETA, this is the first time anyone has been indicted for felony animal cruelty to factory-farmed birds.

You can use a webform to ask Aviagen to adopt PETA's 7-point Animal Welfare Plan, but as the message at the end of the video points out, "If you eat turkey, you support the abuses that you have seen here. Please go vegetarian."


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February 12, 2009 at 6:02 am
(1) Lauren says:

This type of cruelty & much worse has gone on unhindered in every industry that exploits animals. People claim to “love animals” yet turn their heads when faced with any disturbing or difficult to watch evidence of the incredible cruelty that is so pervasive in farming, the fur trade, circuses, zoos, laboratories, hunting, marine parks, rodeos, anywhere animals are used to make money. The unbelievable, vicious, savagery going on in China, Korea, & the Philippines where dogs are tortured before having their fur burned off with blow torches, their limbs pulled out of their sockets & pulled behind their backs & tied, while jagged tin cans are shoved over their muzzles, preventing them from even perspiring (They believe the more the dog suffers before he dies, the better the meat will taste…and will make their men more “virile”) The horrendous suffering that millions of animals endure on a daily basis is staggering. Yet people continue to call themselves “animal lovers” & take their families to the zoo, the circus… eating pigs (who are highly intelligent) that have lived a nightmarish existence their entire lives, cows that have been so ill they had to be kept alive with hormones & antibiotics… downed cows so sick they couldn’t stand & had to be “scraped” along the ground with tractors & forklifts. Anywhere man can “make a buck” off the pain & suffering of another living, feeling, sentient being, you can be POSITIVE that unimaginable torture & suffering is being forced on defenseless animals. Until the average person realizes the scope of this problem & acts on it, it will continue. Please help stop this insanity, as well as the hypocrisy… if you “love animals” DO something for them, & don’t support ANY industry that tortures & abuses them. If you’re not sure, check. There’s no excuse for ignorance anymore, there is too much information available on line. Thank you

February 13, 2009 at 3:34 pm
(2) krissy says:

It is just a shame that we put animals through this process for our own greedy needs. Only to make green (money). But i guess thats how it goes in this world. Tourment of animals is a terrible thing and needs to be stopped!

May 17, 2009 at 10:59 am
(3) John says:

You people are sick in the head!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 27, 2009 at 6:18 am
(4) Rafael says:

okay i just saw this video on my mysoace cause someone posted it on my profile.. okay all i have to say is what were those employees thinking or feeling and how can the supervisor allow it !! im in shock what i say i feel soo much guilt and soo sad for the birds myself i swear if there in jail i hope they * them up or do something bad that will teach them there lesson im outrage!

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July 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm
(5) LanthanumK says:

Although I eat meat, I do not think that the practices used are ideal. Go back to small farms where the owners actually know each animal by name. They should be treated much better then.

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Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit
my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
Anyways, just wanted to say superb blog!

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