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A PETA report claims that a series of Pennsylvania turkey factory farms supplying major grocers including Whole Foods, Publix Harris Teeter, Wegmans and Publix, are brutally beating the animals.
According to PETA's investigation of Plainville Farms, workers allegedly "kicked, stomped on, and beat turkeys with a heavy rod." The animal rights organization also posted a video of the aforementioned treatment online, although Whole Foods said they can't identify if the video is of a Plainville Farm.
Still, after the disturbing footage was released, both Whole Foods and Plainville Farms have launched separate internal investigations into the matter. In the meantime, a Whole Foods spokesperson also confirmed to FOX Business that it has suspended purchasing "from Plainville Farms pending results from this investigation."
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According to the PETA report, an investigator allegedly "worked on crews that load turkeys onto slaughterhouse-bound trucks at "humane"-certified farms raising birds for Plainville Farms." While doing so, the investigator allegedly saw workers "pretending to masturbate with a dying female bird, throwing birds like basketballs, and trying to break turkeys’ necks and tossing them aside to convulse and die in intense pain," PETA said.
The investigator further claimed that "instead of doing anything to stop this abuse, one supervisor himself kicked turkeys and repeatedly encouraged workers to abuse them," according to the report.
"It’s important for incidents like this to come to light, and we have already launched an internal investigation, from the top down," Plainville wrote on its website. "If any of our employees were involved, they will be held accountable."