Charges Laid Against Oxford Turkey Facility

A screen capture of alleged abuses in a video collected by Mercy for Animals Canada at Hybrid Turkeys in Bright Ontario.

Oxford County’s Hybrid Turkeys and five of its employees are now facing charges after a video of alleged turkey abuse emerged in March.

Activist group Mercy for Animals sent an investigator into the Bright facility with undercover cameras between December 2013 and February 2014. The group alleges workers kicked, punched and beat turkeys right in front of Hybrid Turkey managers and were not disciplined.

The Ontario SPCA has now laid 11 charges in connection with its joint investigation with Oxford County OPP.

Hybrid Turkeys itself and five employees are charged in the suspected animal cruelty case. The company and employees will appear in a Woodstock Court on August 13.

“Animals are protected under the Ontario SPCA Act when it comes to neglect, abuse and cruelty,” says Chief Inspector Connie Mallory. “The Ontario SPCA takes alleged animal cruelty reports very seriously.”

Mercy for Animals is calling on the National Farm Animal Care Council to do a number of things in the wake of charges being laid, including establishing standards to ensure sick and injured birds get appropriate veterinary care and live-streaming video cameras on all facilities that handle farm animals.

The group says it’s the first time animal cruelty charges have resulted form an investigation by an animal protection group in Canada.

WARNING – The video below contains GRAPHIC images:

***With files from Ray Baynton