TORONTO -- Disturbing video showing employees of one of the world's leading turkey producers clubbing, kicking and otherwise abusing the hapless birds is evidence of a culture of cruelty and neglect at the factory farm, an animal-rights group said Friday.
The company in question, Hybrid Turkeys, said it had suspended four employees and called the abuse depicted in the video an isolated incident.
The video was shot at a Hybrid plant in Bright, Ont., by a member of the animal rights group, Mercy for Animals Canada.
Footage also shows workers apparently crushing the spines of birds while others are left to die from festering and bloody wounds.
"This investigation graphically illustrates that the hidden price of Canadian turkey meat is horrific animal abuse," said Twyla Francois, a spokeswoman for Mercy For Animals.