For Immediate Release:
October 13, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Rochester, N.Y. – Armed with signs reading, “Wegmans Still Selling ‘Humane’ Cruelty,” PETA supporters and members of Animal Rights Rochester will raise a ruckus outside the supermarket to urge Wegmans to reconsider its ties to Plainville Farms, where a PETA exposé revealed workers kicking, choking, and stomping on birds and beating them with a heavy metal rod, despite Plainville’s “humane” label. The action follows last week’s news that the Pennsylvania State Police charged 11 former workers with 139 counts of cruelty to animals, including six felonies, across six counties—the largest number of charges in any factory-farmed animal case in U.S. history.
When: Monday, October 17, 12 noon
Where: Wegmans, 1750 East Ave., Rochester
“There’s no excuse for Wegmans to continue to allow customers to be duped by ‘humane’ claims on turkey packages after Plainville workers racked up felony charges for tormenting birds who were unable to walk,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on Wegmans to reevaluate its support of this abusive company and reminds everyone that the only humane meal is a vegan one.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.