Hidden Camera: Graphic Video: Shocking Truth Behind Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey

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“I know I’m late with this as Thanks Giving has past, sorry, but I’m still playing catch up, so think of this as your Christmas turkey instead! It’s kind of irrelevant which meal it’s for, as they are still horrifically abused by sadistic workers; who have no interest in the animals feelings or well-being. For our Christmas dinner we still have everything, only it’s Quorn & not meat, i.e sausages  meatballs, bacon strips, Quorn chicken fillets. If anyone eats at my house they eat Quorn & they are quite surprised by it, it’s the flavouring & spices you use that bring Quorn to life. Put it another way, what ever meat you eat, I can find a Quorn alternative; going vegetarian isn’t hard at all these days, there is so much to choose from. Several years ago; I looked like a chick pea!!

With Thanksgiving looming around the corner, an animal rights group has levied charges of animal abuse against Butterball, LLC, the country’s largest producer of fresh and frozen turkeys.

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Published on 13 Nov 2012 by 

The allegations, from the Los Angeles-based animal advocacy organization Mercy for Animals, stem from undercover video shot at four Butterball turkey farms in North Carolina. The graphic video, which the group has posted at ButterballAbuse.com, shows the birds being grabbed by the necks, kicked, thrown and general mishandled. According to website, the organization also found “birds suffering from serious untreated illnesses and injuries, including open sores, infections, and broken bones.”

“Consumers have a right to know how turkeys are treated at Butterball, before they end up as their Thanksgiving dinner,” Matt Rice, director of the investigation for Mercy for Animals, said in a statement to the media. “And I think that most people care about animals, even animals that are raised and killed for food.”

Mercy for Animals documented similar abuse at a Butterball turkey semen collection facility in North Carolina in 2011. That investigation resulted in felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges against five Butterball employees, two of whom have since pled guilty. A representative of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture also pled guilty to charges of obstruction of justice after leaking information about the investigation to Butterball.

The organization says it has taken its footage to law-enforcement officials, who are investigating.

Butterball released a statement to the media, saying it has a zero-tolerance policy for animal abuse will take any allegations seriously. Butterball also said it has already suspended the employees shown in the Mercy for Animals video while it investigates if the employees should be fired. “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 statement read. “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. Animal care and well-being is central to the operations of our company, and we remain committed to the ethical and responsible care of our turkey flocks.”

NBC News talked to industry analyst Phil Lempert, who is also known as the “Supermarket Guru,” who said consumers may decide to choose a different brand of turkey if they are aware of the allegations against Butterball. “We have seen a consumer and industry move to more humane treatment of chickens, hogs and cattle and now turkeys,” he said. “This Thanksgiving shoppers will be looking at prices and the credibility of the brand that sells them.

In a blog post, Mercy for Animals offered a series of tips and actions for cruelty-free Thanksgiving celebrations, many of which focus on having a vegetarian holiday meal.

Also on MNN:

Thanksgiving turkey disaster? Hit the Butterball phone lines – 10 turkey fact you might not have known. – Better turkey choices

via Undercover video depicts abuse at Butterball turkey farms | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

News Link:-http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/undercover-video-depicts-abuse-at-butterball-turkey-farms

Learn more at:

http://www.ButterballAbuse.com

http://www.MercyForAnimals.org

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Former Butterball worker pleads guilty to animal cruelty

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Injured Turkey from Butterball farm
Credits: Photo: Mercy for Animals

According to WTVD, a former Butterballemployee pleaded guilty to class H felony animal cruelty charges Tuesday, August 28.

Brian Douglas of Raeford was arrested last February after a Mercy for Animals undercover video captured several Butterball employees kicking, throwing and dragging turkeys at the Shannon-based farm.

His guilty plea carries a sentence of 30 days in jail, six months intensive probation, and 36 months supervised probation. Douglas was also ordered to pay $550 in fines and was required to provide a DNA sample to the state. According to the Rock Hill Herald, Douglas will also be subject to warrantless searches.

There were at least four other Butterball employees arrested in conjunction with the Mercy for Animals undercover investigation. Their cases are still pending.

Dr. Sarah MasonNCDA&CS Director of Animal Health Programs for the poultry division, was arrested for obstruction of justice, as well as resisting, delaying, or obstructing officers after she tipped off a Butterball veterinarian about the impending raid and then lied to police about her involvement.

She pled guilty and was sentenced to 45 days in jail, which is suspended provided she completes the 12 months of probation without another incident. Mason was suspended for two weeks without pay from the NCDA&CS. Brian Long, spokesperson for the NCDA&CS told WRAL, “…she made a poor choice.”

News Link:http://www.examiner.com/article/former-butterball-worker-pleads-guilty-to-animal-cruelty

Related:https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/breaking-news-illegal-slaughter-operator-pleads-guilty-to-felony-animal-cruelty-sentenced-to-jail/

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