And This Is Why We Need To Boycott Butterball Turkeys This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Do you know what you’re serving? After watching this undercover video, hopefully it’s not a Butterball turkey.

Thanks to a recent investigation by Mercy for Animals (MFA), workers at Butterball factory farms in North Carolina were caught severely abusing and injuring their turkeys. Documented by an undercover employee, shocking and horrifying cases of animal abuse included:

– workers kicking and stomping on birds

– birds being dragged by their delicate wings and necks

– workers callously and violently throwing turkeys around

– turkeys so severely injured that they showed visible signs of open sores, infections, and broken bones

What’s even more disturbing here is that this is the exact same type of abuse that Butterball was caught doing during a previous investigation in 2011. It’s horrifying to think that people can treat other living beings so cruelly with no regard for their welfare, health pain or happiness. No animal deserves that. And yet, Americans keep buying them by the millions–46 million in fact will die just so they can sit on our Thanksgiving table this year.

Dr. Greg Burkett, poultry welfare scientist and professor of avian medicine and surgery at North Carolina State University, told MFA that this cruelty and abuse has not stopped, despite past actions with Butterball:

The abuses shown in this video are identical to the abuses documented in last year’s Butterball investigation which led to criminal cruelty to animals charges and convictions. These behaviors are cruel, inhumane, and injurious to the birds. I am appalled at the disrespect these workers have toward the lives of other living creatures.

Dr. Sara Shields, a research scientist, poultry specialist, and consultant in animal welfare, added that this undercover investigation is “especially concerning” and that “under no circumstances is it acceptable to use violent force to move animals.”

MFA took this video to law enforcement, who says they are currently investigating. But it’s likely that nothing will happen to Butterball (as evidenced from the past) and they will continue to abuse these beautiful, innocent turkeys.

Take a look at the video of the investigation and then tell us if you will boycott Butterball–and all turkey farms–this year:




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    • Shari-Dale Wetherspoon

      Seriously???? You worry about Butterball Turkeys treatments when millions of babies are ripped apart by abortion here? Seriously??

    • D

      I bought one. It’s a turkey people, not a child. I may purchase a bigger one later in the week. At these current prices, I would love an extra one in my freezer!
      BTW, I rescue people, not so concerned about the animals. Sorry PETA…not an issue on this end.

      • fukyurdiscrimination

        If you truly care about people then you for one wouldn’t be celebrating a holiday of genocide and ethnic cleansing of native people..

        Second you would see that working in a slaughterhouse is very detrimental to not only the animals but the humans as well (correlations between serial killers and killing animals, and mental health of slaughterhouse workers, also slaughterhouses are dangerous physically).

        How can one be so heartless to not care about an animal? You would care about a dog or cat being beaten and abused would you not?? Now imagine people being PAID to abuse and kill BILLIONS of dogs and cats. These factories and farms would be shut down, and people would be in jail.

        When we learn to respect all the world will be a much better place. It has nothing to do with PETA. Its about the love in our hearts that has been turned off over time through the numbing and the normality of killing. And if you still want to eat meat, even decreasing the amount, and especially buying it locally (where you can see how they are raised, and make sure they are slaughtered better than the factory farmed/antibiotic ridden meat/dairy/eggs) will create change. Knowing where your food comes from is a great thing. We are what we eat after all. Its no wonder so many are depressed, since they eat abused animals.