MS: 4 MEN SENTENCED FOR POACHING NEARLY 100 TURKEYS

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MAGGIE HUDLOWMar 3, 2021

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Four southwest Mississippi men have been sentenced for poaching wild turkeys in multiple states. In addition to killing in excess of the legal limit, they did not have licenses and were illegally transporting the animals across state lines.

According to MDWFP, a group of Mississippians were charged and arrested for killing nearly 100 turkeys in the 2019 season and trespassing on 15 properties.

During this 11-month investigation, it was discovered that the unlawful activities were taking place in other states, as well. Poachers were crossing state lines with spurs and beards of illegally harvested turkeys in violation of the Lacey Act, prompting a federal investigation.

According to a recent news release, Kenneth Britt, Tony Smith, Barney Bairfield III, and Dustin Treadway were sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Bramlette for violating federal wildlife laws.

The original indictment charged the defendants for taking over 25 wild turkeys without license in Kansas and Nebraska and illegally transporting spurs and beards. Additionally, Britt faced a federal felony charge for lying to a federal law enforcement officer and Smith faced felony charges for killing red-shouldered hawks.

On Feb. 24, 2021, Judge Bramlette sentenced Britt to 5 years of probation with a fine of $25,000; Smith to 4 years of probation with a fine of $15,000; Bairfield to 2 years of probation with a fine of $3,000; and Treadway to 2 years of probation with a fine of $5,000.

Violating these probation terms, which include “a worldwide prohibition from hunting of any type…including accompanying anyone in hunting or being present at a hunting camp during hunting season” could result in imprisonment for any of the offenders.

“The Department of Justice is committed to enforcing the Lacey Act and other federal laws to protect our wildlife resources,” Acting U.S. Attorney Darren LaMarca said following the sentencing. “It is my hope that this prosecution sends a strong message that the wanton, indiscriminate killing of the American Wild Turkey, or any animal for that matter, will be met with debilitating and just consequences.”

Fox, coyote and turkey hunting proposed at Potomac River wildlife refuges

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The scene from a wildlife viewing platform at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Woodbridge.By Casey Pugh

U.S. Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on new plans for fox, coyote, waterfowl and turkey hunting, along with expanded deer hunting and fishing opportunities, at the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Woodbridge and southern Fairfax.Trending on InsideNoVa https://c5x8i7c7.ssl.hwcdn.net/vplayer-parallel/20210408_1900/ima_html5/index.htmlhttps://c5x8i7c7.ssl.hwcdn.net/vplayer-parallel/20210408_1900/videojs/show.html?controls=1&loop=30&autoplay=0&tracker=a400ac00-21b7-4967-adeb-951c15739530&height=352&width=625&vurl=%2F%2Fd14c63magvk61v.cloudfront.net%2Fvideos%2Fdgv_insidenova%2F20210418054149_607bc4b07dee4%2Fdgv_insidenova_trending_articles_20210418054149_607bc4b07dee4_new.mp4&poster=%2F%2Fd14c63magvk61v.cloudfront.net%2Fvideos%2Fdgv_insidenova%2F20210418054149_607bc4b07dee4%2Fdgv_insidenova_trending_articles_20210418054149_607bc4b07dee4_new.jpgXPowered By 

The complex includes the Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck, Occoquan Bay, and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuges. The USFW is inviting the public to review and comment on the draft plan for proposed hunts and fishing access.

The proposed plan includes:

  • Open fishing opportunities on non-motorized watercraft in designated areas of Occoquan Bay NWR, Mason Neck NWR and Featherstone NWR. Additionally, Featherstone NWR will also open fishing opportunities to motorized watercraft in designated areas.
  • Expanded deer hunting hours at Occoquan Bay NWR.
  • Open opportunities for mentored turkey hunting and mentored archery deer hunting on Occoquan Bay NWR.
  • Open fox and coyote hunting opportunities in conjunction with permitted deer hunt days at Occoquan Bay NWR.
  • Open waterfowl hunting opportunities in designated areas of Featherstone NWR.

A “hunt application/permit” (FWS Form 3-2439) will be required for hunting deer on E.H. Mason Neck NWR and Occoquan Bay NWR. No more than $10 application fee and $20 permit fee for deer and turkey hunts would be established to defray the costs of operation.

Deer hunt permit applications would most likely be administered by a contracted company that will feature online, mail, and telephone services to collect hunter information, required fees, and issue permits, the release said.

Draft documents for review are available here.

You can contact the refuge at 703-490-4979 to request more information. Submit your comments to the refuge by mail at 12638 Darby Brooke Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192 or by email at HuntFishRuleComments@fws.gov with the subject line of “Potomac River NWR Complex.”

The comment period will be open through the end of the 2021-2022 federal hunting and sport fishing regulations open comment period to be announced in the Federal Register, USFW said in a news release. Federal officials expect the comment period to be open through mid-June. 

“Across the country, national wildlife refuges work closely with state agencies, tribes, and private partners to expand recreational hunting and fishing access,” the release said. “Hunting and fishing provide opportunities for communities, families, and individuals to enjoy the outdoors, support conservation efforts, and participate in a popular American tradition.”

4 Mississippi hunters fined $48,000 for Kansas violations

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By Associated PressPublished: Feb. 26, 2021 at 3:23 AM PST

https://www.kwch.com/2021/02/26/4-mississippi-hunters-fined-48000-for-kansas-violations/

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A judge banned four Mississippi men from hunting anywhere in the world and fined them a total of $48,000 for violating wildlife laws in Kansas.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday the men pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill wild turkeys in excess of the legal limit and taking the birds across state lines. The men are accused of bagging at least 26 wild turkeys during an eight-day trip in 2018.

Kansas limits hunters to two wild turkey kills per hunter per season.

The hunters also took frequent hunting trips to Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska but did not have the required hunting licenses.

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Brian May Says Turkey-Free Dinner Was One Of The ‘Highlights’ Of Christmas

‘The thought of having a dead bird on the Christmas table is not attractive to me now, even though it was a big part of my childhood’Liam Gilliverby Liam Gilliver28th December 2020

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Celebrity musician Brian May says his turkey-free dinner was one of the highlights of his Christmas.

The Queen star made the announcement to his 2.7 million Instagram followers, where he described his Christmas at home as ‘peaceful and hopeful’. 

’90 percent plant-based’

“One of the highlights was playing a very silly Pictionary game with all my wonderful kids on some kind of Google link,” May wrote.

“Another highlight was our Turkey-free Christmas dinner – which although not quite Vegan was about 90 percent plant-based. 

“The thought of having a dead bird on the Christmas table is not attractive to me now, even though it was a big part of my childhood. 

“Tradition has a lot to answer for. We’ve been challenging the merits of a lot of traditions around here lately. I recommend it!”

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‘Go vegan’

Throughout this year, May has regularly used his platform to advocate a vegan lifestyle. 

I an interview with NME, the star spoke about the link between zoonotic diseases and animal agriculture. 

He said: “If you want to get deep into it, I think we should be looking again at whether we should be eating animals. That’s a central issue here. 

“This pandemic seemed to come from people eating animals… It’s becoming more well known that eating animals is not the greatest thing for our health.

“But to go vegan was just a decision, and I haven’t been preachy about it. But now, we’ve seen more of the effects of how eating animals has brought us to our knees as a species. I think it’s time to re-examine our world in a way that doesn’t abuse other species.

“Whether we will see that happen, I don’t know. But I think I will start to be a bit more preachy about veganism because to me it is the way forward, in so many ways.”

You can follow Brian May on Instagram here

Family raises turkey, Daughter befriends it before it can be eaten

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CENTRE HALL, CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Six-year-old Maci Neff found an unlikely friendship in a turkey named Via.

It all started back in March, at the beginning of the pandemic.

“So the plan was we were going to hatch them, raise them, and then they were going to be dinner,” said Maci’s mother, Kayla.

But it didn’t take long for that plan to change.

“It was night time and we heard a crack, and it was Via’s egg,” Maci said.

The moment Via hatched, “It just started with instant snuggles on the couch when she was very tiny and then I don’t know their little relationship they just bonded,” Kayla said. “It as almost as if via looked at Maci as mom and their relationship just kept going and now they just like to hang out.”

“Whenever they lay on the couch together and watch TV, wasn’t very normal,” laughs Kayla.

But who’s to say what’s normal in 2020? If you want to play Barbie’s with your pet turkey or take her on the trampoline, nothing is off limits.

Maci has now fallen in love with turkeys. She said they have a great personality. Especially Via; they even talk to each other. Maci said she understands Via’s gobbles.

“The pandemic was terrible when it all started but for my daughter, something really great came out of it and she built this awesome relationship with her pet,” Kayla said.

All that time staying home from school at the beginning of the pandemic and then throughout the summer ended up teaching Maci some expected lessons.

“She has learned responsibility, she’s learned kindness, respect of animals,” Kayla said.

It’s a little bit of light in year unlike any other.

“I hope that turkey lives a long time,” Kayla said. “She will never be thanksgiving dinner.”

What Turkey Producers Don’t Want You to Know, by Martha Rosenberg

23 November 2020

When I interviewed a “live hanger” who worked at House of Raeford Farms turkey facility in Raeford, NC, he told me the turkeys arrive at the slaughterhouse with broken and dislocated limbs. When you try to remove them from their crates, their legs twist completely around, offering no resistance he told me. “The turkeys must be in a lot of pain but they don’t cry out. The only sound you hear as you hang them is trucks being washed out to go back and get a new load.” – Martha Rosenberg

Thanksgiving turkeys endure extreme suffering
Thanksgiving turkeys endure extreme suffering
(Image by Martha Rosenberg)

As “Turkey Day” approaches, animal lovers cringe, food safety advocates become vigilante and turkey producers hope you are not reading the news.

They hope you have forgotten that scientists at the Bloomberg School’s Center for a Livable Future and Arizona State’s Biodesign Institute found Tylenol, Benadryl, caffeine, statins and Prozac in feather meal samples that included U.S. turkeys: “a surprisingly broad spectrum of prescription and over-the-counter drugs,” said study co-author Rolf Halden of Arizona State University.

They hope you have forgotten that ractopamine is still used in turkeys, the asthma-like growth enhancer to add muscle weight.

Here’s What Turkey Producers Don’t Want You to Know

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De-evolution of the Thanksgiving turkey

Because of crowded conditions on factory farms (where most Thanksgiving turkeys are raised), beautiful birds who started out as a species looking like this …

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when kept in dark, stinking windowless barns (with maybe a small access door to the muddy, lifeless yard, so the farmer can claim they’re “free-range”) turn out looking like this…

Perhaps it’s time to swear off flesh foods and give the turkeys something to be thankful for. Someday you’ll give thanks you did.

Photos©Jim Robertson

Here’s the kind of life birds like the ones above are expected to lead on factory farms…

Thanksgiving turkeys endure extreme suffering

“I Feel So Bad For Those Turkeys Hauled on Freezing Nights”

United Poultry Concerns <http://www.UPC-online.org>
16 December 2019

The Letter to the Editor that follows this Introduction was written by Shane
Zoglman and published Nov. 20, 2019 by *The Dubois County Herald* in
Indiana, a
mid-Western state with a large poultry and egg industry. In granting
permission
to UPC to share his letter with our readers, Shane added some information
about
his own evolution:

Howdy, sure, post away. For some history, back when I was a teenager, and
didn’t have any good examples or guidance in the form of grownups, I
worked
for about 4 years on a chicken farm, that is, an egg farm, gathering eggs
from
the mega-sized houses, taking out the dead and crippled chickens and also
taking out the old ones, loading them on semis and putting the new young
birds
in the cages.

I also did a few part time jobs of working for a farm where I helped load
turkeys into the semis. I have to say I didn’t think about the animals’
suffering, it just didn’t enter my mind. So I am someone who has seen both
sides and has changed a lot over the years. The thing I do not understand
is
people that never wake up. I think a big help in my waking up to animal
cruelty was stumbling onto the Shark Online YouTube channel years ago. I
had
been to a couple rodeos as a kid, but again, never was aware of the
cruelty as
I see it now after seeing their videos of rodeo cruelty.

These days I do not buy guns and ammo to kill animals with. I buy
binoculars
to enjoy watching them with, and instead of putting effort into killing,
I put
effort and money into taking in animals that need a home as well as
trying to
spread some of the message in my own way that things need to change. –
Shane
Zoglman

Here is Shane’s letter in *The Dubois County Herald*, Nov. 20, 2019:
___________________________________________

Protect turkeys in trucks from frigid temps
Dubois County Herald
<https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/protect-turkeys-in-trucks-from-frigid-temps>

November 20, 2019

To the editor:

Well it is wintertime in Dubois County again and once again the turkey
manufacturing industry has done nothing to alleviate the suffering of
turkeys
being trucked down the highways at night in open cages, going 60-mph with no
protection from the horrific freezing cold.

The profiteers of the turkey manufacturing industry cannot be bothered to
spend
a few bucks to lessen the cruelty they inflict on their product. After all,
a
healthy profit margin is what life is all about, right?

After their freezing cold, 18-wheeled torture trip, many of the turkeys are
thrown still alive into boiling hot water. Then they are sold and shipped to
China, where most turkeys “manufactured” in America end up. It’s so great
that
China gets the food and people in Dubois County get the pollution, the
stink and
the humanity-degrading, low-paying jobs of inflicting cruelty on animals
while a
few rich people at the top get the money.

What does it say that Dubois County has so many churches and so many
Christmas
decorations and so many people that claim to be Christians and yet so much
unnecessary horrific animal cruelty and no complaint of it, or effort to do
anything to stop it?

You cannot look at humans in middle America and convince me that monsters
do not
exist. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

– Shane Zoglman
*Jasper*


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Jimmy Carter Recovering After Fall, But He’s Most Worried About Turkey Hunting

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The Carter Center announced on Monday afternoon that former President Jimmy Carter is recovering from surgery after breaking his hip before a turkey hunting trip.

According to the Center, Carter fell at his home in Plains, Georgia as he was leaving for his hunting expedition.

Although the surgery was “successful,” the ex-president apparently had one major worry: “President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit,” the statement reads. “He hopes the State of Georgia will allow him to rollover the unused limit to next year.”

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Statement from The Carter Center on President Carter’s Health

Butterball recalls 78,000 pounds of raw ground turkey due to salmonella concerns

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Butterball is recalling more than 78,000 pounds of raw ground turkey that may contaminated with salmonella.

Investigators discovered the problem during an outbreak of Salmonella Schwarzengrund, that sickened five people from two states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Wisconsin officials took three samples of Butterball ground turkey from a home where four of the patients live. The samples were “closely related genetically” to those taken from the sick people.

The nationwide recall is for:

  • 48-ounce plastic wrapped tray containing Butterball everyday Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring (85% lean/15% fat), with sell- or freeze-by date 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557
  • 48-ounce plastic wrapped tray containing Butterball everyday Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring (93% lean/7% fat), with sell- or freeze-by date 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556
  • 16-ounce plastic wrapped tray containing Butterball everyday Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring (85% lean/15% fat), with sell- or freeze-by date 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546
  • 16-ounce plastic wrapped tray containing Butterball everyday Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring (93% lean/7% fat), with sell- or freeze-by date 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561
  • 48-ounce plastic wrapped tray containing Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh (85% lean/15% fat), with sell- or freeze-by date 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993
  • 48-ounce plastic wrapped tray containing Food Lion 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings, with sell- or freeze-by date 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294

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The 78,164 pounds of prepackaged poultry was produced on July 7, 2018, and have establishment number EST. P-7345 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

“Because these products were packaged nine months ago, it’s pretty unlikely any of this product is still in retail stores,” said Butterball spokeswoman Christa Leupen. “Obviously, we’re concerned consumers have this product in their freezers.”

People who have packages of the recalled turkey should throw them or return them to where they were bought, the FSIS said.

Customers with questions may call Butterball at 800-288-8372.