Pack Line Headlines: Factory farming, greyhound racing, Texas wild burro slaughter

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Was NC turkey farm forewarned of raid?: ABC News is reporting that officials at a Butterball Turkey farm might have been tipped off that a recent raid on its facility was forthcoming.

The raid on the farm came in response to a A Mercy for Animals undercover video showing turkeys being abused and severely neglected.

The Hoke County D.A.’s office is alleging someone at the N.C. Department of Agriculture contacted a veterinarian employed by Butterball and “informed him she had heard there was an investigation into a Butterball farm in Hoke County.”

The ABC News piece includes this quote –

“It is deeply troubling,” said Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals, “that a governmental agency that is entrusted with monitoring and overseeing agriculture and food production is so corrupt that it’s in bed with the very corporate interests that were documented abusing and neglecting animals. The fox apparently is guarding the henhouse.”

Two bills in Florida might hold key to ending greyhound suffering in the state: SB 382 and HB 641 are ever so slowly meandering through the maze of the Florida state legislature. If the bills pass in both Houses and the measure is signed by the governor, the state requirement for greyhound tracks to hold a minimum number of races (currently a high number) each year will be dropped.

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Mercy for Animals releases video showing abuse on NC turkey farm

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Mercy for Animals has released a video the group states was filmed on a turkey farm in North Carolina operated by Butterball. The video shows such a harsh degree of inhumane treatment of animals, that I’m having second thoughts about posting it here.

Global Animal has posted the video on its website – LINK HERE. But be warned, it is not for all viewers.

Our federal and states governments must improve regulations on factory farms. Horrible acts such as those depicted in this video are happening too often.

Deputies investigating cruelty allegations at Butterball turkey farm in NC

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Hoke County (NC) deputies this week searched a turkey farm operated by Butterball, after an animal-welfare group reported it had undercover video showing inhumane conditions at the facility.

Mercy for Animals sent prosecutors undercover footage shot over three weeks. The video reportedly shows employees throwing, kicking, dragging and beating turkeys, according to a story posted on WXII12.com.