A Turkey farm worker was caught on undercover video abusing turkeys at a Butterball factory farm in North Carolina, USA. He pleaded guilty to felonious cruelty to animals.
The farm worker named Brian Douglas was one of six workers facing charges after undercover video shot by the animal rights group Mercy For Animals (MFA) revealed alleged abuse. An MFA activist had worked undercover at the farm for three weeks and documented what the group called "acts of violence and severe neglect." In the video, workers were seen kicking and stomping on turkeys, as well as dragging them by their wings and necks.
Detectives raided the farm after seeing the video. During the raid, officials inspected 2,800 turkeys, seizing 28 and euthanizing 4 that were severely injured. Even though the birds cannot talk, they can feel pain. Douglas will serve 30 days in jail, followed by 42 months of probation. Four other workers were also charged with cruelty to animals, and their cases are pending. Animals have rights too and they should not be abused.
The modern domesticated turkey is a large Poultry bird that is raised throughout temperate parts of the world. It is a very popular form of poultry because industrialized farming has made it very cheap for the amount of meat it produces.The female domesticated turkey is referred to as a hen and the chick as a Poult or Turkeyling.
In the United States, the male is referred to as a Tom, while in Europe, the male is a Stag. The average life span for a domesticated turkey is ten years. Turkeys used to grow in the wild, but the bird was domesticated by the indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica at least 2,000 years ago, with the evidence pointing to what are today the central regions of Mexico.
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