Animal Rights Group says Arkansas ConAgra Plant Employees Abused Turkeys

SEPTEMBER 22, 2006 - Posted at 5:21 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An animal rights group said today that employees of a western Arkansas poultry plant routinely abused turkeys by kicking or punching them.

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said two of its investigators worked 40 days at the Ozark Butterball plant between April and July.  PETA manager of farming campaigns Matt Prescott says the infiltrators at times videotaped workers allegedly abusing birds at the start of the production line.

ConAgra Foods spokesman Christopher Kircher said the company and federal regulators were investigating.

ConAgra processes between 35,000 and 45,000 turkeys per day at the Ozark plant and also operates a turkey processing operation at Huntsville.

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