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Demand That Turkey Factory Prevent Crashes and Enact Humane Response Plan

On April 24, 2013, truck driver Mark Robert Nepsa was hauling nearly 1,000 turkeys through Henry County, Virginia, when he ran off U.S. Route 220 and overturned his vehicle. Many turkeys were killed upon impact and in the hours that followed. According to news sources, Nepsa was cited for failure to maintain proper control of the vehicle. Nepsa was hauling turkeys for Circle S Ranch, Inc. (“Circle S”), which has a history of crashes such as this one.

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Nepsa has been charged with at least 12 traffic offenses in North Carolina and South Carolina since 1986. In July 2003, Nepsa was convicted of driving while impaired in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and had his driver’s license revoked—for at least the second time.

Nepsa has also been convicted of driving while his license was revoked and speeding and has been charged with driving with no license and felony manufacture of a controlled substance.

Trucks hauling Circle S’ turkeys have crashed at least five other times since September 2009. In June 2012, another driver flipped a truck on the very same road in Henry County, Virginia. Circle S’ slow and cruel response to that crash was appalling: Workers allegedly jumped onto live birds, threw birds against the side of a transport truck, and struck birds’ heads against coops. The state police and local prosecutor launched a criminal investigation. (See the graphic photos here.)

Turkeys need your help now to ensure that Circle S takes immediate personnel measures to protect all whose safety these wrecks risk and finally adopts a humane and effective accident response plan.

Please respectfully urge Circle S to review all company and contracted drivers’ records and fitness to haul live animals and prohibit using any drivers who have repeated driving-related offenses or are found to have been at fault in any crash.

Ask Circle S to develop and implement a detailed accident response plan to ensure that any Circle S turkeys involved in crashes are promptly rescued, humanely handled, kept comfortable, and painlessly relieved of their suffering on-site.

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Please also make a polite call to Circle S at 704-764-7414 and share your hope that the company does the right thing for the approximately 35,000 turkeys it hauls to slaughter daily.

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