For Immediate Release:
October 6, 2022
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
New Oxford, Pa. – Following a PETA exposé of Plainville Farms—a local turkey supplier to top grocers, including Wegmans, Publix, and Harris Teeter—the Pennsylvania State Police just charged 11 former workers with a total of 139 counts of cruelty to animals, including six felonies, across six counties, which is the largest number of charges in any factory-farmed animal case in U.S. history.
PETA’s investigator showed that the workers had kicked and stomped on turkeys, including birds who were sick, injured, and unable to walk. After failing to break their necks, they left the birds to convulse and die in agony on the shed floor. Instead of trying to stop this abuse, a supervisor joined in, kicking turkeys and berating the investigator for not doing the same. Workers threw hens at one another like basketballs. One worker pretended to masturbate with a dying bird, and another sat on and pretended to rape a live turkey.
“Nothing can take back the suffering that all these helpless and gentle turkeys endured at Plainville Farms, but these charges show other meat companies that cruelty has consequences,” says PETA Vice President of Evidence Analysis Daniel Paden. “PETA encourages anyone upset at what these battered birds endured to avoid complicity in the abuse on factory farms by choosing vegan meals.”
Following PETA’s investigation, Global Animal Partnership suspended Plainville Farms’ “humane” certification and Whole Foods pulled its turkey “products” from shelves. Plainville terminated the workers and pledged to start monitoring operations by using body cameras—a move PETA deemed meaningless unless the footage were livestreamed so that a crowd-sourced public could review it and call out any further acts of cruelty.
PETA has also submitted a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission alleging that Plainville Farms is engaging in false advertising by making claims on its packaging that turkeys on its suppliers’ farms are “humanely raised” in a “stress-free environment.”
Broadcast-quality video footage from PETA’s investigation is available here.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.