Stop Burying Animals Alive

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Target: Harnett County District Attorney Vernon Stewart

Goal: Charge Prince Poultry with counts of animal cruelty for burying animals alive

An undercover investigation of a North Carolina chicken factory farm called Prince Poultry found hundreds of thousands of birds suffering under horrifying acts of abuse. An undercover investigator involved with Compassion Over Killing, a national animal protection group, shot a video to document the abuse, which caught workers dumping unwanted, live birds into mass graves where they were left to die slowly and painfully from starvation, illnesses, and weather conditions. Many birds were harshly thrown around and forcefully stuffed into buckets with already deceased birds. In the video, one worker is heard laughing and commenting that the mass grave is like “gravy that’s simmering and squirming.” Another worker admitted that Prince Poultry workers do not humanely euthanize the unwanted birds before burying them.

Shockingly, none of the workers caught in the video have been charged with animal cruelty. After hearing about the horrifying abuse, Pilgrim’s Corp, an international corporate that takes supplies from Prince Poultry, has cut business ties with Prince Poultry. However, Harnett County District Attorney Vernon Stewart has decided not to press criminal charges and refuses to expand upon the decision. Stewart’s lack of action is at odds with North Carolina’s animal cruelty law, which states that a person who intentionally injures, tortures, or neglects an animal is guilty of animal cruelty.

Please sign this petition to demand Harnett County District Attorney to enforce the state’s laws and enact severe punishment upon Prince Poultry.


Dear Vernon Stewart,

Prince Poultry is a disgusting factory farm that should be shut down due to its blatant acts of animal cruelty. It is appalling to me that you would ignore a crime that is obviously in violation of North Carolina law and has been clearly documented on videotape. The law states that any person who neglects, torments, or injures an animal will be charged with animal cruelty, so why is Prince Poultry an exception? Birds are being tortured on a daily basis, living in terrible conditions, and apparently their pain is a source of amusement to at least one of the farm’s workers. You must take Compassion Over Killing’s video as evidence to prosecute the people responsible for this crime immediately. Do not let this farm get away with their actions.

I urge you to do your duty and uphold the state’s laws.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Vicky Cole says:

    These violations of even the most basic welfare laws are like some hellhole, people worse than animals just wild devils that torment and abuse?

  2. Sam Outhorn says:

    Worthy of some hell-hole in China. ABOMINABLE!

  3. caryl sawyer says:

    Hey, Vern, we know you’re a Good Ole Boy and that this here petition ain’t gonna bother you none.

  4. Bina Pannell says:

    This is all down to human greed. If humans did things in moderation there would be no need for battery farms and less incentive for inhumans to treat animals this way.
    How many times have we seen people in supermarkets stuffing their baskets and trolleys with more than they could possibly eat? Governments around the world should stop giving subsidies to farmers if they are found to be abusing their animals in any way whatsoever. No 2nd chances.

  5. Emily March says:

    Quite simply sick! And unworthy of any US state…

  6. Jill Dunbar says:

    Press charges against Prince Poultry and their employees. What needs to happen in order to make animals abuse a CRIME? We all know that when horrific acts are taken against animals those same abusers will not be decent humans in society. WHAT GIVES HERE??? Why is the local government blind????

  7. Linda Ihlein says:

    I’m shocked at how people in authority turn a blind eye to such horrifyong acts of torture and cruelty. This person does not have the necessary decisiveness to be in charge. He is simply not doing his job. Shut down the factory period. What a bunch of uneducated sub-humans.

  8. Bryan Craig says:

    The more we advance they more we regress as humans. No Wonder aliens never land here they all think were sick f…

  9. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    As a voice for the Animal Kingdom, you think you’ve seen it all and then something like this hits the news. Unfucking believable. I cannot comprehend the power that the almighty dollar has over some people…


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