Farmed Animal Watch: n.16, v.7:
Using live turkeys as punching bags, ripping their heads off, and slaughtering conscious birds are among the accusations Mercy for Animals (MFA) has filed against House of Raeford Farms (HRF), said to be the 7th largest turkey processing plant in the U.S. An undercover investigator working in the North Carolina plant during January and February documented the assaults on videotape (viewable on the MFA site, along with related information: http://tinyurl.com/2ek8z4 ). They include workers putting their entire hands into the bodies of live chickens to pull eggs out in order to toss them at each other, while a supervisor looks on. [“Poultry for Profit (and Fun!)” states the HRF website: http://tinyurl.com/32x34m ]. "This is a sloppy poorly managed plant where employees are allowed to abuse animals...There are some management people that need to get fired,” stated industry advisor Temple Grandin (http://www.grandin.com ) after viewing the footage, according to the MFA site. Since birds are not covered by the Humane Slaughter Act, MFA is pressing for felony cruelty-to-animals charges to be brought against the company for violating the state’s animal cruelty statutes.
"The malicious activity coerced by the vegetarian organization, Mercy for Animals, is not indicative of company policies and is not tolerated by company management," responded HRF owner and founder Marvin Johnson. He also said that the employment of 4 of 5 workers implicated in the video terminated just after it was recorded. HRF says it is committed to standards endorsed by the National Chicken Council and the National Turkey Federation. Last November it received a 95% score on a welfare audit conducted by a third party company. On May 21st, Denny’s Inc. announced it was suspending its relationship with HRF pending further investigation of the allegations: http://tinyurl.com/25ty9k.
N.C. TURKEY PRODUCER ACCUSED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY
The News & Record (Associated Press), May 21, 2007
HOUSE OF RAEFORD RESPONDS TO "MALICIOUS ACTIVITY" BY ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP
Meat & Poultry, May 23, 2007
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.|
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