Ask Turkey Factory to Adopt a Humane Accident Response Plan

Target: Circle S Ranch, Inc. and Samuel Starnes

Goal: To encourage Circle S Ranch, Inc. to adopt a better way of dealing with its truck crashes that requires the immediate notification of local animal control and rescue agencies to aid the animals involved in the crashes.

Several days ago, truck driver Lawrence Douglas Martin was carrying 600 turkeys through Henry County, Virginia when his truck crashed and he was charged with reckless driving. The company that owned the turkeys did not arrive to the scene until about 6 hours later and even denied help from public witnesses in aiding the injured birds. About 540 of the turkeys who were thrown atop each other in awkward positions were said to have suffered terribly and eventually died. A veterinarian who inspected the birds said that they died due to distress and excess heat as they were fully exposed to the hot sun in an overturned truck.

According to PETA, witnesses say that Circle S workers jumped onto the live birds, roughly pulled others out of coops, dropped birds 10 feet to the ground, threw birds against the side of a transport truck, and struck birds’ heads against coops, causing the birds to fall 4 feet to the pavement. Turkeys with severe, life-threatening injuries, including those whose limbs were apparently severed in the crash and others whose internal organs protruded from their bodies, were seen tossed onto a truck for a three-hour haul to slaughter.

Circle S is also known to have a history of crashes. This kind of treatment of animals is absolutely inhumane and should not be allowed. This turkey company should have better policies in dealing with their injured birds. It is sad to see that the workers from this company handled their birds in such a barbaric way.

Please sign this petition urging Circle S Ranch, Inc. and its workers to stop treating their innocent animals cruelly and demand that they adopt a more humane way to handle crashes that involve live animals. Tell Circle S Ranch, Inc. to draft a plan that ensures their animals will be promptly rescued, humanely handled, kept comfortably, and painlessly relieved.


Dear Circle S Ranch, Inc. and Samuel Starnes,

I am very sad to hear about the way you handled the truck crash with 600 of your live turkeys. I am even sadder to hear about the way you handled your turkeys in the crash scene.  Please ensure that your truck drivers will not drive recklessly in the future and will not put the live animals in danger.

I encourage you to implement a plan that will ensure the safety of your animals and that will include them being promptly rescued, handled carefully and painlessly delivered.


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