PETA: Do You Know About the Animal Abuse at Butterball?

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

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From: PETA – newsmanager [at]
Date: Oct 25, 2006 6:51 PM
Subject: Do You Know About the Animal Abuse at Butterball?

I want to share with you a shocking report from our undercover investigation team. In a recent investigation of a Butterball plant in Arkansas, PETA documented horrific abuse of live turkeys. I warn you, what we found was extremely disturbing.

At the Butterball plant, PETA investigators delivered firsthand accounts and video evidence of extreme abuse of turkeys—deliberate defilement, incidents in which workers gleefully tortured birds for “fun,” and other indecencies almost too horrible to mention:

* On April 13, one worker showed how he could paralyze birds by repeatedly punching their necks.

* On May 3, another worker swung a live turkey like a baseball bat against a metal bar, smashing the bird’s head and spraying blood everywhere.

* On May 8, one worker laughed out loud as he crushed a turkey’s skull with the heel of his boot.

* On July 13, two workers attempted to decapitate a live turkey by twisting her neck and pulling her head through a hole in her enclosure.

No animal should be subjected to such cruel treatment. That is why PETA’s unique undercover investigations are so important: They help us expose—and hopefully stop—animals from suffering such horrible pain and abuse.

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Farm Sanctuary: ‘Tis the Season to Adopt-A-Turkey

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at]
Date: Oct 19, 2006 10:27 AM
Subject: ‘Tis the Season to Adopt-A-Turkey

Give a turkey a reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving! As one of Farm Sanctuary s most successful campaigns, the annual Adopt-A-Turkey Project has rescued hundreds of turkeys from a thankless fate at holiday dinner tables and educated millions of people about their plight on factory farms.

Just choose one of our fine feathered friends and with a gift of $20, you can ensure that one life is safe from harm, while teaching people a lesson in compassion. Your adoption gift provides feed, housing and veterinary care for the turkeys at our New York and California Shelters, and helps teach millions about the plight of turkeys raised for food in the U.S.

Select your special someone and then fill out the Sponsorship Form.

Treat friends, family members and co-workers to a turkey sponsorship. Just send us their name and address, along with your adoption fee. Your gift recipients will receive a framed photo of their turkey, adoption certificate, subscription to Farm Sanctuary News, and a gift acknowledgement from you!

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Thursday, October 12th, 2006

I had a little spare time before bed tonight, so I decided to get some blogging in over at my ar/enviro site. I’m on dozens of mailing lists, and reprint some of the more helpful newsletters and action alerts. First up this evening was an eNewsletter from In Defense of Animals – which left me, well, speechless. Not one, but two horrid animal cruelty cases are highlighted in IDA’s latest newsletter:

Two Teens Torture 21 Turkeys to Death

Two Newbury, Mass. teens have been charged with 42 felony counts of cruelty to animals, breaking and entering, and property destruction for killing 21 turkeys using a shovel, pitchfork and baseball bat. Community college student Kevin Mahoney, 19, and high school junior Jon Stella, 17, are currently on trial and being held on $10,000 bail each for allegedly stabbing and beating the birds to death. Another suspect, 20-year-old Joseph Hussey of Salisbury, has been charged with breaking and entering and being an accessory after the fact and was released after paying his $500 bail.

According to the police report, both Mahoney and Stella were drunk the night they broke into Tendercrop Farm, which is owned by Stella’s stepfather, Matthew J. Kozazcki. They entered a growout house where 3,700 turkeys lay sleeping, and began throwing a pitchfork into the mass of birds, trying to hit two with one throw. One of the suspects brought out a baseball bat and smashed the turkeys against a wall. Kozazcki’s brother later discovered the birds’ corpses lying in a ditch by a road near the barn, along with a pair of blood-soaked sneakers.

and, worse still:

Suspect Sought in Blind Mare’s Rape and Murder

On October 5th, 2006, authorities in Sunflower County, Miss. discovered a grisly scene: a blind mare lay dead after being raped, roped and shoved off a bridge. “Peaches,” a 28-year-old registered Appaloosa with uveitis (moon blindness) was one of Ms. Ginger Pope’s seven beloved horses.

Just What. The. FUCK! is wrong with people? No, seriously. What could possibly compel a human – a member of, allegedly, the most “civilized” species to ever grace Gawd’s Green Earth – to bash the head of a living, breathing, sentient being to smithereens with a baseball bat for no reason other than…boredom? Or to rape and lynch a blind horse? For Chrissakes, a blind horse! She’s fucking blind, dude! Hasn’t she suffered enough?

What’s even more infuriating – these sorry excuses for multicellular organisms (gimme a break with my lame insults, I said I was speechless) will probably never be caught (in the case of horse rapist) or convicted (the serial murderers) and, even in the unlikely event that they are, will no doubt get off with some insulting “punishment” like a $500 fine. No fucking justice.

Then again, can we really expect anything more in a society that tortures and slaughters tens of billions of animals annually, just to satisfy unnecessary (and oftentimes harmful) cultural dietary preferences?

People suck. Methinks it’s time to renounce my membership in H. sapiens. Hell, I’m fonder of dogs, anyway.

Farm Sanctuary: Survivors of Airline Cargo Disaster Find Refuge

Monday, August 7th, 2006

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at]
Date: Aug 7, 2006 2:59 PM
Subject: Survivors of Airline Cargo Disaster Find Refuge

On August 3, Farm Sanctuary welcomed 11 baby turkeys to its Orland, CA shelter. They spent their first day exploring the surroundings of their new home with wide eyes, picking at the straw bales, and scratching at the floor. They’re curiosity was in full force when they first arrived, as they attempted to hop on top of the bales, only to realize that they are still too young and small for these athletic maneuvers. They are eating and drinking heartily and spent their first night huddled together cozily in our hospital. Here, they will remain until they clear all health checks and grow old enough to be introduced to our other residents in the turkey barn. By their curious and active demeanors, one would never assume the harrowing events that led them to our Orland Shelter.

A Call for Prosecution

These turkeys were among over 11,500 birds transported from Detroit to San Francisco via Northwest Airlines. Upon arrival at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on July 13, Northwest employees discovered that over 9,000 of the birds had perished in transit from Detroit to SFO. According to the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA), which was the first to take in some of the surviving birds, said they “believe the massive loss was due to overcrowding. The turkeys couldn’t breathe, became overheated, dehydrated and died.” Approximately 1,900 surviving birds were sent to their final destination to become “breeder” birds, whose offspring would be sold for food.

One week after this initial disaster, Northwest Airlines again called the PHS/SPCA to pick up more birds who were found dead and dying in a subsequent shipment that was apparently meant to replace the original shipment. Zacky Farms, the recipient of the birds from both shipments, left behind boxes containing an estimated 3,240 dead and dying birds at the San Francisco airport. By the time PHS/SPCA investigators arrived on the scene, Northwest Airlines cargo workers had already thrown 26 of the 28 boxes into a trash compactor. Of the two remaining boxes, investigators found 22 of 62 chicks still alive. Sadly, however, all but one died.

Farm Sanctuary has sent a letter [2] to the San Mateo County District Attorney encouraging animal cruelty charges to be brought against Northwest Airlines. In addition, we have sent a letter [3] to Northwest Airlines, calling for changes in the company’s policies on live animal shipments.

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