Butterball Raided by Law Enforcement

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Posted December 30, 2011 by peta2 staff

North Carolina law-enforcement officials raided a Butterball turkey factory farm after viewing disturbing video footage of workers who abused turkeys. The video, shot during an undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals, shows workers who kick and stomp on birds, smash them into the ground, and bash in their heads with metal rods.

Mercy For Animals’ findings mirror those uncovered during PETA’s 2006 undercover investigation of a Butterball slaughterhouse in Arkansas. We documented that one employee stomped on a bird’s head until it exploded, that another smashed a turkey into a metal handrail so hard that her spine burst through her skin, and that another worker sexually assaulted a female turkey. One worker told the investigator, “If you jump on their stomachs right, they’ll pop … or their insides will come out of their [rectums].” Mercy For Animals’ findings are also strikingly similar to the horrific abuses documented by PETA’s 2008 investigation of Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., which led to the first-ever indictments for felony cruelty to animals for the abuse of birds and the first-ever cruelty convictions of turkey factory-farm workers.

The abuse documented by PETA and Mercy For Animals is apparently business as usual for Butterball and the turkey industry. Click here to urge the company to adopt “controlled-atmosphere killing” (CAK), in which birds are killed by inert gas while still in their transport crates, eliminating much of the opportunity for abuse at the slaughterhouse. And to help end the abuse that these intelligent, sensitive animals suffer before they make it to slaughter, refuse to eat turkeys and choose fowl-friendly faux turkey instead.




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  • Profile photo of CarolineS

    1095 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Sexually assault! ..
    This is so horrific…
    This is why I no longer want to celebrate Thanksgiving. This is not something to be thankful for.

  • 1400 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    “it’s JUST a bird?”

    how about it’s a living creature who can feel pain and suffer just like humans?

    Thank you to the investigator for this!

  • 1425 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Investigations are risky, but well worth it!

    I cant beleive “its JUST a bird”

  • 1427 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    my parents swear by butterball when it comes to holiday dinner, I always inform them and they think its sooo gross, but in the end, they are just in denial, bc my moms words, well I didnt see it happen. Im just thinking, just bc you didnt see it doesnt mean it don happen. shes like quit showing me this stuff or Ill never wanna eat meat again…. people like that, are just sooooo sad to me… bc they are in denial….. I wish the world would change.

  • 1430 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    thats horrible! i’m glad he found out about so it can be stopped

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