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Reports of Turkey Abuse in North Carolina Continue

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Animal rights group Mercy for Animals says it has once again found video showing turkey abuse at Butterball Plants in North Carolina.

The organization posted the images on their website,, where you can see clips of workers allegedly picking birds up and kicking them, throwing them around, and dragging them around by their necks and wings.

Butterball has released a statement responding to these allegations, saying that it takes "any allegations of animal mistreatment very seriously" and emphasized that it has "a zero tolerance policy for animal abuse."

"Upon learning of these new concerns, we immediately initiated an internal investigation and suspended the associates in question," the company said. "Pending the completion of that investigation, Butterball will then make a determination on additional actions including immediate termination for those involved."

Mercy for Animals has posted video of Butterball turkey abuse before. The group claimed to have uncovered video in December 2011, where workers seemed to have been kicking and stomping turkeys. After an investigation, local authorities arrested several employees and charged them with animal cruelty.

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