Undercover video alleges abuse, filth at western Minn. turkey farm

  • Article by: Paul Walsh , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 26, 2013 - 9:21 PM

An animal rights group claims that 25,000 hens are housed in dirty and deadly conditions at a farm in western Minnesota’s Pope County.

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kingofacesNov. 26, 1312:00 PM

"The narration over the video. . ." I'm sorry, but why is the Star Trib even giving a fraudulent organization like this press? One of the most common tactics in these "videos" is to shoot a scene that looks bad and narrate over it to make it seem much worse. We see it all the time when a narrator says animals live in crowded conditions when in fact its a shot of the animals crowding together when they are being fed and the shot doesn't show the rest of the empty pen. Anyone with even a basic agricultural background can pick out the fraud in these videos. Where's the integrity in your reporting ST when you let these groups grab the limelight and make up whatever they want? Do at least a little bit of research on the tactics these groups use.

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jarlmnNov. 26, 1312:03 PM

And to coincide with the big holiday this coming month, animal rights "activists" will release video of Reindeer being kept in "deplorable" freezing conditions at the North Pole and being mistreated as beasts-of-burden to pull grossly-overloaded sleighs full of non-essential freight. Santa will be quoted as saying he will need to retrain his Elves.

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tracerbulletNov. 26, 1312:42 PM

Humane treatment is expensive, we can't have it and demand low prices both. Choose one or the other.

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citygirl401Nov. 26, 1312:55 PM

All I have to say is that God created the turkeys and the chickens and the cows. They are living creatures that deserve care and respect. Deplorable conditions like the ones identified by these organziations do more than just protect the animals, they help ensure the food that goes on your table is safe. E coli, salmonella, and other diseases are brought on by poorly run, unsanitary farms. Good job and good timing on the story. This Thanksgiving, let's be grateful to the turkeys!

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bannedmuggsNov. 26, 13 1:19 PM

All I have to say is God created all the turkeys, chickens and cows...for humans to eat.

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eretzahNov. 26, 13 1:21 PM

What despicable comments, above, void of an ounce of compassion for helpless beings who feel pain and emotions. (Never to touch the earth, or enjoy the sun or elements, force fed growth chemicals, artificially inseminated -- How can this be right?) Obviously, it's OK for too many humans, only interested in a cheap, quick piece of flesh for their overweight bodies. Shame on the human race. To accept and allow this suffering and abuse is disturbing. but not surprised.

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thatisright1Nov. 26, 13 1:54 PM

I might actually listen when all of you people start demonstrating the same concern for an unborn baby. Unborn babies can feel and sense pain similar to poultry by the last month of the first trimester.

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overnunderNov. 26, 13 2:03 PM

KingofAces - They probably went to the Michael Moore school of deceptive film making. Now there's a guy that can create a lie with pictures.

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bannedmuggsNov. 26, 13 2:19 PM

What despicable comments, above, void of an ounce of compassion for helpless beings who feel pain and emotions. (Never to touch the earth, or enjoy the sun or elements, force fed growth chemicals, artificially inseminated -- How can this be right?) Obviously, it's OK for too many humans, only interested in a cheap, quick piece of flesh for their overweight bodies. Shame on the human race. To accept and allow this suffering and abuse is disturbing. but not surprised. ========================== shame on those who treat animals better than humans. eretzah - how do you feel about babies in the womb?

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albundy74Nov. 26, 13 2:21 PM

I love a good steak and the smell of a roasting turkey. With that, I want no animal I consume to have suffered needlessly or be treated cruelly or thrown about. They feel pain, they're a living creature, treat them with respect. There are humane and decent ways of treating livestock that must be followed. For those defending the gross abuse detailed in the story, what is wrong with you?

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