Wegmans to Face PETA Rally After Felony Charges Filed Against Turkey Supplier’s Ex-Workers

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.

For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

For Media: Contact PETA's
Media Response Team.


Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you’re acknowledging that you have read and agree to our privacy policy and agree to receive e-mails from us.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind