Charges laid after turkey abuse probe

Mercy For Animals Canada said it secretly recorded animal abuse at Hybrid Turkeys, Canada's largest...

Mercy For Animals Canada said it secretly recorded animal abuse at Hybrid Turkeys, Canada's largest turkey breeding company.

Stephen Pierce, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:55 PM ET

WOODSTOCK, Ont. -- A Bright, Ont., turkey farm and five of its employees have been charged following allegations of animal abuse in a video released in March.

The video, released by an animal rights group Mercy for Animals Canada, allegedly shows employees of Hybrid Turkeys kicking, throwing and beating turkeys, prompting a joint investigation by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (OSPCA) and the Ontario Provincial Police.

The OSPCA laid charges against Hybrid Turkeys, one of the largest turkey breeding companies in the world, and five of its employees under the Ontario SPCA Act.

The charges include one count of failing to provide care necessary for general animal welfare, one count of failing to provide adequate medical attention, three counts of permitting distress, two counts of failing to kill an animal by a method that is humane and minimizes pain and distress, and four counts of causing distress by killing an animal in a manner that causes suffering.


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