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October 6, 2022
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
New Oxford, Pa. – Following a PETA exposé of Plainville Farms—a nationwide turkey provider to high grocers, together with Wegmans, Publix, and Harris Teeter—Pennsylvania State Police simply charged 11 former employees with a complete of 139 counts of cruelty to animals, the biggest quantity in any factory-farmed animal case in U.S. historical past.
PETA’s investigator documented that employees kicked and stomped on turkeys, together with birds who have been sick, injured, and unable to stroll. After failing to interrupt their necks, they left the birds to convulse and die in agony on the shed ground. As an alternative of making an attempt to cease this abuse, a supervisor joined in, kicking turkeys and berating the investigator for not doing the identical. Staff threw hens at each other like basketballs. One employee pretended to masturbate with a dying hen, and one other sat on and pretended to rape a reside turkey.
“Nothing can undo the struggling that these light turkeys endured at Plainville Farms, however these costs present different corporations that cruelty to animals has penalties,” says PETA Vice President of Proof Evaluation Daniel Paden. “PETA encourages anybody upset by what these battered birds endured to keep away from complicity within the abuse on manufacturing unit farms by selecting vegan meals.”
Following PETA’s investigation, World Animal Partnership suspended Plainville Farms’ “humane” certification and Entire Meals pulled its turkey “merchandise” from the cabinets. Plainville terminated the employees and pledged to start out monitoring operations utilizing physique cameras—a transfer PETA deemed meaningless until the footage was livestreamed in order that the general public may assessment it and name out any additional acts of cruelty.
PETA has additionally submitted a criticism to the Federal Commerce Fee alleging that Plainville Farms is participating in false promoting by making claims on its packaging that turkeys on its suppliers’ farms are “humanely raised” in a “stress-free setting.”
Broadcast-quality video footage from PETA’s investigation is obtainable right here.
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals will not be ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.