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October 6, 2022
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
New Bloomfield, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police have charged 5 former Plainville Farms staff with 18 counts of cruelty to animals in Perry County following a PETA undercover investigation that exposed staff kicking and stomping on turkeys, together with birds who have been sick, injured, and unable to stroll. PETA’s exposé has resulted in 139 counts of cruelty to animals towards 11 former staff—the biggest quantity in any factory-farmed animal case in U.S. historical past. New Oxford–based mostly Plainville Farms is a provider to high grocers nationwide, together with Wegmans, Publix, and Harris Teeter.
PETA’s investigator documented that after failing to interrupt turkeys’ necks, staff left the birds to convulse and die in agony on the shed flooring. As a substitute 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 fowl, and one other sat on and pretended to rape a dwell turkey.
“Nothing can undo the struggling that these helpless, light turkeys endured at Plainville Farms, however these fees present different meat corporations that cruelty 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 facility farms by selecting vegan meals.”
Following PETA’s investigation, World Animal Partnership suspended Plainville Farms’ “humane” certification and Complete 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 evaluate it and name out any additional acts of cruelty.
PETA has additionally submitted a grievance 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 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 observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.