Last updated at 9:35 PM on 29th December 2011
The turkeys are coming home to roost at Butterball.
After a pattern of vicious abuse was caught on tape and posted online, authorities in North Carolina have raided a facility of the turkey giant.
The raid came after allegations made by animal advocacy group Mercy for Animals, who sent an undercover investigator to work for the company for three weeks.
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Shocking abuse: An investigator for Mercy for Animals working undercover at the Butterball plant found many turkeys like this one, subjected to kicking and stomping at the facility
What the investigator found was shocking abuse of the turkeys, leaving many with missing eyes, deformed feet and other injuries.
Other findings included squalid conditions that left the turkeys living in their own waste and covered in flies.
The undercover video, which was posted to YouTube on December 23, showed workers savagely kicking and stomping on the turkeys and dragging them around by their necks.
Mercy for Animals said they immediately contacted law enforcement about the abuse at the facility.
The group added that the Hoke County Sheriff’s office executed a warrant this morning at the farm.
A call to Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin was not immediately returned.
And as provocative as the undercover investigation may be, it's nothing new.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals conducted a similar operation in 2006 that exposed rampant abuse at a Butterball plant in Arkansas.
Today's raid comes on the heels of other legal action taken against the North Carolina-based Butterball.
Earlier this month, a federal anti-discrimination lawsuit accused the company of firing an HIV-positive employee after she repeatedly reported co-workers for harassing her.
Tracy Montgomery processed turkey parts at Butterball's Kinston plant for about five weeks in 2009.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2079944/Sheriffs-office-raids-Butterball-farm-undercover-video-exposes-horrific-abuse-turkeys.html#ixzz1hxzcfMua