The pretrial for 11 criminal charges the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals laid against Hybrid Turkeys of Kitchener resumed late last week in Woodstock and was adjourned to May 22.
The charges came after an undercover video, shot at a company farm near Bright, showed workers clubbing, kicking and swinging a shovel at turkeys in their efforts to euthanize them.
Mercy for Animals says this is the first time an undercover investigation prompted Canadian officials to lay animal cruelty charges.
As soon as Mercy for Animals persuaded a television network to air the video Hybrid Turkeys suspended four workers and then fired one of them.
Mercy for Animals has prompted strong reactions after it showed other underground videos, including at Canada’s largest dairy farm in British Columbia and a hog farm in Manitoba.