PETA Video Shows W.Va. Workers Abusing Turkeys

Animal-rights org files criminal complaint; W.Va. company vows to punish workers
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 19, 2008 2:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Just ahead of Thanksgiving, workers at a West Virginia farm are shown stomping turkeys and twisting their necks to kill them in an undercover video released by PETA, AP reports. The employee who filmed the stomach-turning scenes says the birds are kept in overcrowded barns and that employees brag about their abuses.

Officials from poultry giant Aviagen say they “condemn the abuse” and will punish those involved. PETA, which is gearing up its seasonal campaign to encourage veggie substitutes for the Thanksgiving bird, has also filed a criminal complaint with the local sheriff. A similar PETA campaign four years ago saw 11 employees fired at Pilgrim's Pride.