Ask Turkey Factory to Develop a Humane Accident Response Plan

Target: Samuel Starnes, president of Circle S Ranch

Goal: Develop a humane accident response plan that allows immediate rescue, and humane handling and euthanizing for any turkeys with life-threatening injuries.

After one of Circle S Ranch’s trucks crashed in June, the 600 turkeys inside were left for hours sitting in full sun, without water, grievously injured and dying. Workers did not respond until six hours after the crash, and when they did arrive, they rejected offers of water and help from local citizens and the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA, who had immediately mobilized and rushed to the scene.

Video footage of the crash scene shows cages of turkeys in an overturned truck, in obvious distress and panting from the heat. Approximately 540 of the birds eventually perished due to heat-related illness or mortal injuries. To add insult to injury, any turkeys with life-threatening injuries that didn’t die immediately were thrown on top of a truck for a three hour journey to a slaughterhouse. Witnesses report seeing Circle S workers throwing live, injured turkeys down from the truck, against the truck, and striking them on the pavement.

The driver of the truck was ultimately charged with reckless driving, but Circle S Ranch has a growing history of truck crashes and inhumane treatment of their turkeys. Circle S Ranch hauls over 35,000 turkeys daily for slaughter, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to treat those turkeys humanely. Sign the petition below, and ask Samuel Starnes, President of Circle S Ranch, to adopt an accident response plan that allows immediate rescue, humane handling, and humane euthanizing for any turkeys with life-threatening injuries.


Mr. Starnes,

After footage and photos of the June 14th crash showed 600 turkeys left for hours in the hot sun and with life-threatening injuries, only to be hauled to slaughter without any relief for their suffering, I am asking you to develop an accident response plan. This is the fourth Circle S Ranch crash in three years, and your company does not have a solid record of immediate response and humane handling. The turkeys in the June 14th accident were left for six hours before your company responded, and even after help arrived, your workers denied aid from the local SPCA and witnesses, leaving those helpful people to instead watch and document as your workers threw injured turkeys against the truck and onto the pavement.

Please do the right thing by these birds and develop a humane accident response plan that calls for immediate response and humane handling and euthanizing of injured birds in order to alleviate their suffering. Though these turkeys are slated for slaughter, that doesn’t mean they can’t be handled in a humane fashion. What your workers did was cruel, inhumane, and showed that they have no care for other creatures. Please make this right by crafting an accident response plan for the future.


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