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Former Butterball employee submits animal abuse plea

Thursday, April 04, 2013

A fifth employee of a Hoke County Butterball turkey farm has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

Undercover investigators for the animal rights group "Mercy for Animals" shot video at the farm last year. They claim the video shows widespread abuse of turkeys at the farm.

Thursday, Butterball worker Ronnie Jacobs pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

Four other workers were convicted of the same charge.

All five have lost their jobs.

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