Farmed Animal Watch Vol. 6, No. 27, July 28, 2006
Some 11,840 baby turkeys died while being transported by Northwest Airlines in two separate incidents during mid-July. The first occurred on July 13th, when more than 9,000 of about 11,500 chicks, crowded onto a single flight from Detroit to San Francisco, died from suffocation, overheating and dehydration. The birds were being transported from a Hybrid Turkeys farm in Canada to Zacky Farms in Fresno for breeding purposes. Then, on July 19th, some 2,240 chicks sat for hours in 108-degree weather after the Air Canada flight they were on developed mechanical trouble. (Northwest oversees cargo for Air Canada.) Nearly all of the dead or dying chicks were thrown into a trash compactor.
Northwest has apologized to Hybrid, which filed a $107,000 claim with the airline, and said it is reviewing shipping procedures with its employees. The Peninsula Humane Society (of California) is considering pressing charges against Northwest pending its investigation. It is also looking for adopters for 40 surviving chicks. The rest of the surviving birds were sent on to Zacky Farms.
TURKEY DEATHS PROMPT INQUIRY
The Mercury News, HongDao Nguyen with Sandra Gonzales, July 22, 2006
PROBE CONTINUES INTO DEATH OF TURKEYS BOUND FOR S.F. AIRPORT
The Mercury News, Melissa McRobbie, July 26, 2006
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