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Butterball has become synonymous with turkey. But how do the millions
of turkeys who end up in the grocery store, or served at restaurants,
under the Butterball brand, really live and die?
A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation reveals the
truth: extreme cruelty and violence is the harsh reality for birds on
Butterball's factory farms.
Between November and December of 2011, an MFA undercover
investigator documented a pattern of shocking abuse and neglect at a
Butterball turkey semen collection facility in Shannon, North Carolina.
Hidden-camera footage taken at Butterball reveals:
- Workers violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by
their fragile wings and necks, and maliciously throwing turkeys onto the
ground or into transport trucks in full view of company management;
Employees bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars, leaving many to slowly suffer and die from their injuries;
[/*]Turkeys covered in flies, living in
their own waste, with some unable to access food or water and suffering
from severe feather loss
[/*]Birds suffering from serious untreated
illnesses and injuries, including open sores, infections, rotting eyes,
and broken bones; and
[/*]Severely injured turkeys, unable to
stand up or walk, left to die without any veterinary care, because
treating sick or injured birds was too costly and time consuming, as the
farm manager explained to MFA's investigator.
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