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October 12, 2022
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Austin, Texas – Up to now week, 11 former employees at Plainville Farms, a turkey provider beforehand licensed “humane” by the International Animal Partnership (G.A.P.), have been charged with 139 counts of cruelty to animals, together with six felonies—the most important quantity in any factory-farmed animal case in U.S. historical past. PETA fired off a letter at the moment to G.A.P. Government Director Anne Malleau, pushing her to finish the deceptive certification program since its “requirements” did nothing to forestall the abuse.
G.A.P. suspended Plainville’s “humane” certification solely after PETA’s investigation, which led Pennsylvania State Police to file the fees. The group’s investigative proof reveals the employees “kicking, stomping on, beating, throwing, and cruelly killing turkeys on a nightly foundation.” Employees even mimicked masturbation and rape with injured and dying birds. Though G.A.P. and its companions declare that their requirements stop abuse, PETA has discovered abuse—and violations of G.A.P.’s personal requirements—in any respect 11 G.A.P.–licensed turkey and pig farms that it has investigated.
“Video footage of employees beating turkeys at Plainville suppliers was too horrific for police to disregard, and G.A.P.’s defective certification system didn’t do a factor to forestall it,” says PETA Government Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is asking on G.A.P. to cease duping buyers into believing a ‘humane’ lie—and everybody else to take private duty by consuming vegan.”
PETA’s investigation additionally prompted Entire Meals to drag Plainville’s turkey merchandise from the cabinets. Plainville terminated the employees and pledged to start out monitoring operations utilizing physique cameras—a meaningless transfer, PETA notes, until the footage is livestreamed so the general public can assessment it and name out any further acts of cruelty.
PETA has additionally submitted a grievance to the Federal Commerce Fee alleging that Plainville is partaking in false promoting by making claims on its packaging that turkeys on its suppliers’ farms are raised in a “stress-free atmosphere.”
Broadcast-quality video footage from PETA’s investigation is offered right here.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t 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 comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.