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Factory-Farmers Indicted On First-Ever Felony Charges!

Factory-Farmers Indicted On First-Ever Felony Charges!

For the first time in U.S. history, former factory-farm workers are facing felony cruelty-to-animals charges for abusing birds! Last fall, an undercover investigor from PETA caught workers at Aviagen Turkeys in West Virginia stomping on turkeys, beating them, twisting the birds’ necks, and more. (One of the men indicted even mimicked raping a turkey hen whom he had pinned against the floor. Video footage can be seen on www.GoVeg.com.)

As a result of PETA’s investigation, Aviagen Turkeys Inc., the self-professed “world’s leading poultry breeding company,” fired at least three of the abusive employees, and a Greenbrier County, W.Va. grand jury just recently indicted those three former workers on 19 animal abuse charges–11 of the counts are felony offenses! Each felony charge is punishable by one to five years in jail and a fine of $1,000 to $5,000. The eight misdemeanor indictments are punishable by up to six-month jail sentences, a fine of $300 to $2,000, or both.

No matter what the outcome, this is a precednt-setting victory for factory-farmed birds. The abuse documented at Aviagen Turkeys is typical in factory farms around the globe. More than 9 billion birds are bred and killed for food each year in the U.S. alone; they’re perhaps the most commonly abused of all factory farmed animals. Unlike cows, pigs, and sheep; turkeys, chickens and other birds are not even protected under the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. Previous PETA investigations have led to felony charges for cruel pig-farm workers, but never before has a factory farm employee been given anything more than a slap on the wrist for abusing birds.

This case should help convince other turkery farm workers that there are consequences for abusing birds. It should also remind consumers just how horrific–and rampant–turkey abuse is, and that the only surefire way to avoid supporting such cruelty is to leave birds off of your grocery list.

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12:06AM PDT on May 22, 2009

some people are just mean,and sometimes one or more that are not that mean,but along with the wrong people may go along to save face so to speak.the mean people should have to pay for their actions and maybe the ones just with them,not quite as

11:47PM PDT on May 21, 2009

some people are just mean,and sometimes one or more that are not that mean,but along with the wrong people may go along to save face so to speak.the mean people should have to pay for their actions and maybe the ones just with them,not quite as

7:53AM PDT on Mar 19, 2009

"Unlike cows, pigs, and sheep; turkeys, chickens and other birds are not even protected under the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act."

This is unconscienable, and is yet another demonstration of specieism and outright hatred of birds. Treating them as if they are somehow "less" than a mammal by refusing even basic protections is illogical and contradictory. According to animal researchers such as Dr. Irene Pepperburg, who studied birds at length, birds demonstrate intelligence often surpassing many species of mammals (thus far).

Being treated as though they suffering doesn't exist, is no value or concern, or not important enough to even consider is insulting and offensive.

The nut-jobs prosecuted are getting off lightly in my opinion...I am hoping their new "roommates" will do to them what they did to the helpless, captive birds...a bit of karmic retribution, so to speak.

LET THE PROSECUTION AND ACCOUNTABILITY BEGIN!

3:12PM PST on Feb 17, 2009

Turkeys, chickens, hens, and ducks all suffer greatly in their housing on factory farms and even worse torture in the inhumane methods of slaughter. The additional savagery done by the workers, is not uncommon, well known and tolerated by the managers. These men just happened to get caught and hopefully they will receive the maximum sentences!

The only true way to help turkeys and all other livestock is to not eat them. Become a vegetarian or even a vegan. Go to www.veg.com to learn how. Also check out www.upc-online.org to become fully informed.

3:25PM PST on Feb 15, 2009

Throw them in the slammer and throw away the key!

12:20AM PST on Feb 15, 2009

Thiis is the first positive step I have seen about the abuse of factory farmed animals --Why has it taken so long for some kind of justice for defenseless animals?I am a vegetarian and also just started a petition for grocery stores and stores to carry vegetarian petfood for dogs and cats everywhere as a food option--no animal should suffer for either me or my pets ...I pray that the process for justice for all abused and exploited factory farmed animals will soon be the norm not the exception

3:58PM PST on Feb 12, 2009

Now they need to go after the truck drivers and people that load chickens in crates. As I drive down the road(hwy.411) in Etowah and Cherrokee counties in Alabama, I constantly see dead chickens(white) on the roadway. Once not too long ago I was next to a poultry truck at a stop light and saw several dead chickens whith their heads or upper bodies hanging from the crates. It made me wonder if they went ahead and processed these dead chickens anyway. I don't eat chicken any more.

12:15PM PST on Feb 12, 2009

Coincido en que cuando no hay respeto por las especies animales se deba "obligar" a tenerlo con leyes.
Y reconocer que e Ser Humano no tiene derecho a tratar como quiera al resto de las especies. Respeto por todos es lo único que nos va a salvar de la barbarie.

12:26AM PST on Feb 12, 2009

si no sabemos respetarlos con bienestar deben obligsrnos con leyes en todos lso paises

10:41AM PST on Feb 10, 2009

Thank God something is being done for birds! When I read about what people do to them it just tears me apart. I have 2 pet birds. They are sweet, affectionate and intelligent. The avain brain has been proved to be more intelligent that the primate brain with Alex the gifted African grey parrot. Just type Alex the gifted parrot in your search engine and Dr. Irene Pepperberg.

Abuse to birds must stop.

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