Christmas cruelty: Turkeys eaten alive on award-winning farm
Extreme suffering and cannibalism has been revealed on an Essex farm which supplies ‘English Rose’ turkeys to high-end retailers, local butcher shops and pubs.
Harrowing scenes of suffering on an award-winning farm, Grove Smith Turkeys Ltd, have been released by Animal Equality today. Our investigators found injured, sick and crippled birds tightly packed into crowded sheds, with those who didn’t survive left to rot amongst the living.
Filmed in the last four weeks at Hubbard’s Farm in Essex – Grove Smith Turkeys’ main site – the shocking footage shows:
Marketed as ‘prestigious’ and ‘high-welfare’, the farm supplies birds branded as ‘English Rose’ turkeys to high-end retailers such as COOK and The Great British Meat Company, as well as many local butcher shops and pubs including the Young’s chain.
Hidden cameras left running for eight days inside one shed showed that the workers were not checking the birds every day – as required by law – resulting in some birds enduring prolonged suffering and a slow death from untreated injuries.
We have passed our footage on to the RSPCA, Essex Trading Standards and Defra’s Animal and Plant Health Agency, who are now investigating.
Awards and accolades don’t prevent animals from suffering in the meat industry, but you can. With delicious meat-free festive meals now widely available in shops and restaurants across the UK, there’s never been a better time to enjoy a cruelty-free Christmas!