Ask Turkey Factory to Craft Humane Crash Response Plan

On June 14, truck driver Lawrence Douglas Martin was hauling
600 turkeys
through Henry County, Virginia, when he crashed his truck. According to news
sources, Martin was charged with reckless driving.

The turkey industry’s appallingly slow, inadequate, and
cruel response to the crash was caught
on video
. Please join us to
help turkeys.

Witnesses tell PETA that Circle S Ranch, Inc. (Circle S)—the
company that reportedly owned the turkeys—and its workers did not arrive on the
scene until nearly six hours after
the crash. PETA has been informed that Circle S workers rejected offers of
water for the turkeys made by the
good people of Martinsville-Henry County SPCA
, who rushed to the
scene, kindly aided the birds, and spoke beautifully in their behalf.

Approximately 540
turkeys—who were left piled atop one another in transport cages without shade
in the stifling heat—suffered terribly and eventually perished
. A veterinary
technician at the scene suspected that some birds died from heat-related stress,
and video
footage
shot at the scene by a local television station shows the
caged turkeys panting rapidly and in clear distress as they sit exposed to full
sun in the overturned truck.

Witnesses allege that Circle S workers jumped onto live birds, roughly pulled others out of coops, dropped
birds 10 feet to the ground, threw birds against the side of a transport truck,
and struck birds’ heads against coops, causing the birds to fall 4 feet to the
pavement. Turkeys with severe, life-threatening injuries, including those whose
limbs were apparently severed in the crash and others whose internal organs protruded from their bodies,
were seen tossed onto a truck for a three-hour haul to slaughter.

See Martinsville-Henry County SPCA responders’ photos of the
ghastly scene here.

PETA asked Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob
Bushnell to launch a criminal investigation of Circle S and its workers, and in
response, Bushnell has
asked the Virginia State Police to investigate
. Please take a moment to thank
him
.

Circle S has a
history of crashes such as this one. Trucks hauling the company’s turkeys crashed
in March 2011, July
2010
, February 2010,
and September
2009
.

After documenting pork giant Smithfield Foods’ similarly
slow and cruel responses to repeated
crashes of trucks hauling pigs in Virginia
, PETA was successful in
pressuring the company to develop
an accident response plan
.

Turkeys need your
help now to ensure that Circle S finally adopts a humane and effective accident
response plan.

Please send a brief
and respectful e-mail to Circle S and its president, Samuel Starnes.
Politely
urge Starnes to develop and implement a detailed plan immediately to ensure
that any Circle S turkeys involved in crashes are promptly rescued, humanely handled,
kept comfortable, and painlessly relieved of their suffering on-site. Please also make a polite
call to Circle S at
704-764-7414 and share your hope that the company does
the right thing for the approximately 35,000 turkeys it hauls to slaughter daily.

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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