16 Feb '12, 3pm

Butterball workers charged with animal cruelty, vet tipped them off:

Butterball workers charged with animal cruelty, vet tipped them off:

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A top North Carolina state veterinarian was charged on Wednesday with tipping off poultry producer Butterball to alleged animal abuse before police searched a company turkey farm. Authorities on Wednesday filed two misdemeanor charges against Dr. Sarah Mason , a veterinarian who serves as director of poultry health programs in the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' veterinary division. She is accused of telling a Butterball staff veterinarian that an animal protection group had turned over to authorities an undercover video depicting the abuse of turkeys at a company facility, according to the agriculture department. Department officials said Mason contacted the company's employee on December 23, the same day law enforcement officials had informed the agriculture department about an animal cruelty investigation into a Butterball tu...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/butterba...

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