Drop Charges Against Activists Involved in Turkey Rescue

Target: Norbest CEO Robert Wangerien

Goal: Drop charges against six animal rights activists who exposed allegedly horrific living conditions on a turkey farm.

Six animal rights activists each face up to ten years in prison for allegedly stealing three turkeys from a Utah animal plant. Based out of California, the Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) team was investigating a facility belonging to Utah’s largest turkey producer, Norbest, in January, 2017. While the company advertises itself as organic with turkeys ¨from pristine high mountains,¨ the activists reported shocking living conditions with disease-ridden birds on the brink of death. According to their allegations Norbest even added penicillin to the water supply to treat a hepatitis outbreak, which the company denies. Many of the turkeys also reportedly had open wounds due to overcrowding and pecking.

Although Norbest acknowledged the turkeys’ unacceptable physical conditions, once again so-called ¨organic farms” have gotten away with misleading the public. Much of this revolves around Utah’s former ¨ag-gag¨ laws that once permitted industrial farms to press charges against suspected trespassers for secretly filming the premises. Historically, this was used as a means to prevent journalists and activists from sabotaging America’s industrial meat industry. Despite Utah removing this legal protection, activists are still being punished for exposing the truth. Demand the CEO of Norbest forgive the defendants.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Wangerien,

Animal rights activists are distressed by your recent ruling against six individuals accused of stealing three turkeys from a farm in Moroni, Utah. Try to understand that the Direct Action Everywhere group strives to rehabilitate animals through ¨open rescue¨ missions. Once animals are saved from commercial facilities, they receive veterinary service before being transferred to an animal sanctuary. What they exposed on that farm should be celebrated rather than disciplined, especially since they say your enterprise put penicillin in the water to treat the turkeys for hepatitis. Consumers deserve to know what their ¨organic¨ meat actually contains. Hiding that knowledge from the public violates our First Amendment rights.

Ultimately, these activists don’t deserve to be prosecuted since they didn’t take anything of true commercial value. What they did was heroic considering that the turkeys allegedly had festering open wounds and were on the verge of dying. Instead of allowing the turkeys to die miserably, they nursed them back to health. In the end they even convinced your company to recommit itself to improving living conditions for livestock. To press charges against them nonetheless undermines their freedom of speech and commitment to ending animal cruelty. Please rescind your indictment and grant these people justice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jessica Reeder

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2 Comments

  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Great! Now animal activists are being prosecuted for trying to HELP animals…LUDICRIOUS! What they exposed on that farm SHOULD BE CELEBRATED rather than disciplined, especially since they say your enterprise put penicillin in the water to treat the turkeys for hepatitis. Consumers deserve to know what their ¨organic¨ meat actually contains. Hiding that knowledge from the public violates our First Amendment rights.

  2. Derinda Nilsson says:

    These activists should be commended for, doing what’s the right thing to do. These farms will do any thing to sell this poison to consumers and abuse these animals in the process. This is so wrong on so many levels. I hear of people doing much worse crimes and get a slap on the wrist, are system is ass backwards.

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