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    Turkey Slaughterhouse Investigation: House of Raeford [Mercy For Animals]

    Largely hidden from view, every year over 9 billion chickens and 250 million turkeys are raised on factory farms and killed in our nation's slaughterhouses. Their suffering often goes unseen and their cries unheard - until now.

    A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation takes you behind the closed doors of one of the country's largest poultry slaughterhouses – House of Raeford Farms, Inc. in Raeford, North Carolina. In January and February of 2007 an MFA investigator worked in the "live-hang" area of the plant (where live birds are snapped into shackles on the slaughter line), secretly filming egregious acts of animal cruelty with a hidden camera. Shocking abuses he witnessed include:

    * Turkeys with broken wings and legs, bloody open wounds, tumors and other untreated injuries being slaughtered for human consumption
    * A worker violently punching live, shackled turkeys for "fun"
    * Employees forcefully shoving their hands into the cloacae (vaginal cavities) of live chickens
    * Turkeys and chickens being thrown across the facility and up into the air
    * Workers ripping the heads off live turkeys
    * Birds being crushed to death under the wheels of trucks
    * Conscious turkeys having their throats slit

    After viewing the footage, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and meat-industry advisor Dr. Temple Grandin—who is generally recognized as the world's leading scientific authority on animal welfare—said, "This is a sloppy poorly managed plant where employees are allowed to abuse animals...There are some management people that need to get fired.”
    Contact Person: Mercy For Animals
    E-Mail: [email protected]
    This page was last modified on 05/31/2007.

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