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Jury won't indict poultry plant crew

by 5m Editor
9 June 2005, at 12:00am

US - A grand jury refused to indict former workers at a Pilgrim&#39;s Pride Corp. chicken plant who kicked and stomped live birds while being filmed undercover by an animal rights group. Special prosecutor Ginny Conley had previously said she had no evidence to warrant criminal charges, but said Wednesday that more evidence had been found that persuaded her to present the case to a grand jury. Pressure from the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) did little to sway her, she said. The undercover PETA investigator who videotaped the acts helped Conley make a two-hour presentation to the grand jury Tuesday. But the panel did not charge the unidentified workers. Pilgrim&#39;s Pride fired 11 employees following the release of the PETA video in July. <i>Source: SaltLakeTribune</i>

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