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Driver Kills Turkeys in Latest Wreck!

On April 24, 2013, truck driver Mark Robert Nepsa was hauling nearly 1,000 turkeys through Henry County, Virginia, when he ran off U.S. Route 220 and overturned his vehicle.

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 According to news sources, Nepsa was cited for failure to maintain proper control of the vehicle. He was hauling turkeys for Circle S Ranch, Inc. (“Circle S”), which has a history of crashes like this one.

On June 14, 2012, a different truck driver was hauling 600 turkeys—also through Henry County, Virginia—when he crashed his truck. That driver was charged with reckless driving, according to news sources, and the turkey industry’s appallingly slow, inadequate, and cruel response to the crash was caught on video.

circle s turkey crash Nepsa—the man who crashed in April 2013—has been charged with at least 12 traffic offenses in North Carolina and South Carolina since 1986. In July 2003, he was convicted of driving while impaired in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and had his driver’s license revoked—for at least the second time.

circle s turkey crash

Urge Circle S to review all company and contracted drivers’ records and fitness to haul live animals and never hire or use any drivers who have repeated driving-related offenses or are found to have been at fault in any crash.

Also ask the company to develop and implement a detailed accident response plan to ensure that any Circle S turkeys involved in crashes are promptly rescued, humanely handled, kept comfortable, and painlessly relieved of their suffering on-site.

Please send polite comments to:

Ronnie Parker
General Manager
Circle S Ranch, Inc.
ronnieparker@circle-s-ranch.us

Butch Zimmerman
Transportation Director
Circle S Ranch, Inc.
butchzimmerman@circle-s-ranch.us

Please also make a polite call to Circle S at 704-764-7414 and share your hope that the company does the right thing for the approximately 35,000 turkeys it hauls to slaughter daily.

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  • Profile photo of MusicIsLove

    717 days ago

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    Oh my god. I was in Henry County, Virginia when this happened. I didn’t even hear anything about this! Martinsville is a horrible town as it is.

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    831 days ago

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    Horrible!! Absolutely horrible! they need to stop doing this! poor turkeys!

  • Profile photo of 4nancycollins

    832 days ago

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    It’s SO inhumane of you to do that! Please stop killing turkeys!

  • 847 days ago

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    Horrible…no words, just sorrow..

  • 848 days ago

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    Please stop to kill turkeys!!

  • Profile photo of animallover234

    848 days ago

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    where were the turkeys going to a slughter house or a ranch? or slaughter house that just calls itself a ranch. and it looks like there were in dog crates thats werid. and this is just sick and cruel. and it seems that they are tyring to crash think about it too crashes in too years strange.

  • Profile photo of Tuckie

    848 days ago

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    SICK!!! SICK!!! SICK!!!!!

    WHAT THE HELL? GET THIS DRIVER OFF THE STREETS AND IN TO JAIL!!!!!

    REST IN PEACE TO THE TURKEYS THAT DIE,REST IN PEACE!!!! )))))))-;

    I PRAY ALL THE OTHERS ARE SAFE NOW AND NOT GOING WHERE THEY WERE GOING!!!!!