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More Trouble for Turkey Abusers

Written by PETA | February 14, 2011
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German company Lohmann Tierzucht (LTZ)—the parent company of Aviagen Turkeys, Inc.—is facing cruelty-to-animals charges as a result of evidence gathered by PETA Germany. Authorities have issued warrants for alleged violations of Germany’s Animal Welfare Act (including amputating the toes and crests of millions of chickens in order to distinguish their breeds and sexes). Convictions could bring sentences of up to three years of imprisonment plus fines.

You’ll remember that PETA’s 2008 undercover investigation of Aviagen documented that workers were breaking turkeys’ necks, stomping on their heads, and shoving feces and feed into turkeys’ mouths. Three former Aviagen workers were indicted on cruelty-to-animals charges—the first-ever felony indictments for cruelty to farmed birds by factory farm workers in the U.S. All three men were convicted and sentenced; one was sent to jail and all were barred from owning or working with any animals for five years.

The moral of this story: If you abuse farmed animals anywhere on the globe, sooner or later you’re going to get caught.  

Written by Paula Moore

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  • Mah says:

    I am shocked ! This is so cruel and shamefull . These creatures r animals not vegetables !!!

  • AndreaNRC says:

    I old my friend about what happens to turkey’s on factory farms and he’s since stopped buying and eating turkey just like me.spread the word!!!

  • Viviana says:

    I have no comment… These peoplem just disgust me.

  • ocean17 says:

    you know that is good news. abusers of factory farmed animals and sentient peaceful beings should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, the violations outlined here are outrageous, brutal and very inhumane.

  • Seamus McCartney says:

    That is absolutely appalling, so many issues need to be addressed and humanity needs to come to the realisation that the majority of it is cruel. ONLY 3 YEARS?! Oh of course they were just animals weren’t they? Different story if it had of been people. . . HYPOCRITES.