Turkey cruelty workers sentenced

A follow-up to the news item about a couple of Matthews Farm Turkey employees who played baseball with the turkey as a ball.

They have been sentenced by Norwich magistrates to nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Excerpts from the BBC News item »

Turkey cruelty workers sentenced

Two men who were secretly filmed beating turkeys with a stick have been ordered to do community service.

Norwich magistrates were told that Daniel Palmer, 27, and Neil Allan, 30, both from Dereham, Norfolk, used poles “like baseball bats” to hit turkeys.

Both men admitted causing cruelty on 21 April this year at Bernard Matthews’ Beck Farm in Felthorpe, near Norwich…

…Jonathan Eales, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told magistrates that Palmer and Allen were both employed on contracts to work as turkey catchers.

Mr Eales said undercover investigators who filmed them heard Allen say “you throw them, I’ll hit them”.

He said: “They were using poles which they had been using to help round up the turkeys and these were used like a baseball bat.

“(A vet) who saw the tape described the abuse as the most hideous and blatant actions he had seen in 25 years as a vet.”

Simon Nicholls, defending both men, said he could offer no mitigation for what they had done.

The pair were each ordered to complete a 200-hour community order.

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