Thursday, November 20, 2008

This Behavior Is Not Acceptable

Animal rights group video captures abuse at farm
15 hours ago

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A video released by an animal rights group on Tuesday claims to show horrific abuse of turkeys at West Virginia farms operated by major global poultry grower Aviagen Inc.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the video, which includes workers stomping on turkeys' heads and twisting their necks to kill them, was shot by an undercover investigator who worked on the companies' farms for more than two months.

The undercover worker, who was not identified, described stifling, dusty barns where the animals were kept and caught video of several workers killing turkeys, slamming them into metal cages and bragging about previous abuse of the animals.

A company official told The New York Times that they "condemn the abuse of any of the animals in our care and will take swift action to address these issues." They said they would investigate the allegations, which could lead to firing employees who were involved. Read More

Watching this video shows that some of the workers at this particular operation were not following proper handling guidelines. The video is quite graphic and if found guilty of animal abuse, they should be punished according to our laws. Of course, like most of these videos, you do not know what the circumstances were when the video was shot. It makes no sense, whatsoever, that these people would go around killing perfectly good turkeys. That is not, and will not be tolerated by the livestock industry. However, for PETA to suggest that this type of behavior is normal practice is absurd. It’s not like they will ever release an undercover video showing producers doing things the right way. They certainly weren’t in western South Dakota last week filming ranchers giving all they had to take care of their livestock during a very bad blizzard.

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