Success: Turkey Breeding Company Faces Animal Cruelty Charges


Target: Mercy for Animals Executive Director Nathan Runkle

Goal: Thank Mercy for Animals for launching investigation that resulted in animal cruelty charges against turkey breeding company

A previous ForceChange petition called for action to be taken against employees who clubbed and kicked turkeys on a breeding farm. According to CBC News Canada, the Ontario turkey farm and its employees are facing numerous animal cruelty charges thanks to the footage caught by the animal rights group Mercy for Animals.

Filmed over a two-month period while Mercy for Animals volunteers worked undercover at Hybrid Turkeys, the videos showed failed euthanizations, sickly birds living with open wounds and sores, as well as an employee kicking and clubbing turkeys with shovels. The charges, which have been laid under the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, have been presented against Hybrid Turkeys and its employees and include the following:

  • One count of failure to provide necessary care for animals’ welfare
  • One count of failure to provide adequate medical attention to animals
  • Three counts of permitting distress
  • Two counts of failure to kill animals using humane methods and minimal pain/distress
  • Four counts of causing an animal distress (by killing in a way that causes unnecessary suffering)

The charges are said to carry fines of up to $60,000 and jail sentences amounting to two years. Hybrid Turkeys’s spokesperson and company manager, Helen Wojcinski, responsible for being apathetic towards the actions of the company’s employees, issued a statement saying that a pilot project to install surveillance cameras in the facility is underway. “We continue to explore and implement new steps to improve the welfare of animals in our care,” she said.

Further, Hybrid Turkeys was even dropped by Maple Leaf Foods, one of Canada’s premier meat and poultry companies, for the disturbing treatment of its livestock. Maple Leaf Foods used to receive eggs from Hybrid Turkeys to grow its own stock, but after the animal cruelty charges, the meat and poultry giant is strongly considering other more humane breeders.

Thank animal rights group Mercy for Animals for exposing the harsh, inhumane realities of Hybrid Turkeys and launching an investigation that resulted in the successful administering of animal cruelty charges.


Dear Mr. Runkle,

I have recently been informed of the animal cruelty charges against Canada’s Hybrid Turkeys and wanted to thank you and your organization for your passion, dedication and vigilance in the name of animal rights. Because of Mercy for Animal’s journalistic prowess and relentless activism, the turkey breeding company is said to face fines of up to $60,000 as well as potential jail time for employees involved in the inhumane treatment of turkeys at the facility. Hybrid Turkeys will even install a state-of-the-art surveillance system to monitor the activities of employees and safeguard the welfare of its livestock.

This success is proof that activism, empathy and commitment to the humane treatment of animals will always win over desensitized, profit-minded corporations looking to cash in on the collective ignorance of its consumers. Thank you for being instrumental in making Hybrid Turkeys, and other breeding farms, rethink the way the treat their animals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Yathin sk via Wikimedia Commons

Original petition: Condemn Company for Failing to Penalize Employees Who Clubbed Turkeys

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