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Butterball turkey facility raided for abuse of birds

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 Authorities searched a Butterball turkey farm in North Carolina on Thursday after an animal protection group alleged that birds there were being neglected and abused, police said.

The search came after the nonprofit Mercy For Animals provided law enforcement with secretly recorded video footage that showed live turkeys being kicked, thrown, dragged by the neck and wings and hit with some sort of stick or bar.

The video was collected during several weeks in November and December by an activist who got a job at the company’s turkey semen collection facility in Shannon, North Carolina, said Nathan Runkle, the organization’s executive director.

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