Video: Apparent turkey abuse seen in PETA video

updated 12/8/2008 5:45:17 PM ET 2008-12-08T22:45:17

Several workers at a West Virginia turkey plant have been fired after they were caught on film abusing birds.

Aviagen Turkeys spokeswoman Sandi Hofmann said Monday the employees, including a supervisor, were released around Thanksgiving.

The abuse was disclosed last month by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which released undercover video recordings of workers punching, kicking and beating live turkeys.

PETA released a statement Monday saying it is asking prosecutors in Greenbrier and Monroe counties to press criminal charges.

Hofmann says the company has reminded employees that animal abuse will not be tolerated and incidents of abuse must be reported to a member of the company's management team.

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