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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 03:12 AM

Butterball probes turkey abuse accusations

Source: NBC News

It is not the kind of publicity a turkey company wants the week before Thanksgiving. An animal rights group claims to have documented “a pattern of shocking abuse and neglect” by workers at numerous Butterball turkey farms in North Carolina.

Undercover video taken by Mercy for Animals, an activist organization with a vegetarian agenda, appears to show birds being kicked, poked and thrown around.

The group claims its investigator saw workers “grabbing birds by their wings and necks and violently slamming them into tiny transport crates with no regard for their welfare.” In a release on its website, Mercy for Animals says it also found birds suffering from “serious untreated illnesses and injuries, including open sores, infections and broken bones.”

Butterball, the country’s largest turkey producer, declined to address the allegations specifically. In a statement to NBCNews.com, the company said it is aware of the video and takes “any allegations of animal mistreatment very seriously.”

Butterball said it has a long-standing zero tolerance policy for animal abuse and remains committed to the ethical and responsible care of its turkey flocks. The company said an internal investigation is under way and the workers in question have been suspended.

“Any employee found to have violated our animal care and well-being guidelines, as well as any employee who witnessed abuse and failed to report it, will be terminated,” the company statement said. “When we learn of any instances of animal mistreatment, we take immediate corrective action to suspend workers involved, conduct a swift investigation and terminate their employment with the company.”

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/butterball-probes-turkey-abuse-accusations-1C7103234



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trailmonkee Nov 2012 OP
MFM008 Nov 2012 #1
Tunkamerica Nov 2012 #2
Omaha Steve Nov 2012 #3
Eyes of the World Nov 2012 #4
alp227 Nov 2012 #7
SpartanDem Nov 2012 #9
bunnies Nov 2012 #11
secondwind Nov 2012 #5
NoOtherMedicineNovel Nov 2012 #6
alp227 Nov 2012 #8
bunnies Nov 2012 #10

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 05:01 AM

1. NO NEED

No need for an animal marked for slaughter should be tortured and beaten. Our family is though with Butterball. No more.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 05:07 AM

2. they said the same thing when it happened last year.

let's see who gets fired.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:02 AM

3. And are they selling the sick birds to us?


I'm sure they are. I don't remember seeing last years video. We won't be having Butterball this year. They are 20% of the market.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:06 AM

4. Buying their corpses for food is pretty sick if you ask me

 

Carnivorism is not pretty.

Anyone who eats meat should have a guilty conscience.

The people who did this wonder why anyone should care what happens to a bird bound for death anyway. Sheesh.

Seriously the irony here is thick enough to pour on mashed potatoes.

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Response to Eyes of the World (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 01:32 PM

7. That is a broad brush right there.

So should rural folk who RELY on hunting deer or pheasant for food (far less cruel than raising those animals in crammed spaces for life) just sit around and be malnourished?

Are the Native Americans who took party in the 1621 harvest guilty of cruelty?

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Response to Eyes of the World (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 01:48 PM

9. Wow!!! Could you be any more judgmental?

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Response to Eyes of the World (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 06:01 PM

11. I would exclude those who (exclusively) eat organic meat from your argument.

At least those animals have a life of fresh air and space to move around.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:13 AM

5. My daughter went organic turkey this year... probably will do so from now on

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:27 AM

6. Intolerable! And the very reason I write novels that exposé corporate corruption in

both healthcare and in scientific experiments. Most people have no idea what goes on in hospitals, nursing homes, pediatric clinics, or university research centers.
Or folks are simply burying their heads to hide from the reality of abuse, while continuing to place their trust in untrustworthy caregivers of their loved ones and eat tortured animals that kill the eaters. Makes no sense why society allows such horror.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 01:34 PM

8. Squanto shed a tear.

It is time for sales of hunted meat to be legal.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 05:59 PM

10. Is there a single factory farm that doesnt abuse animals?

This is par for the course, afaik. It wont change until people demand change and most dont seem to give a shit. As long as they have their "meat", theyre happy.

Buying factory farmed meat = paying for animal torture. Its that simple. Sick and simple.

& on edit: Too fucking late butterball, your tortured animals are already in the stores! Sick fucks.

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