Just a week before Thanksgiving when more than 46 million turkeys are slaughtered for dinner, another investigation by Mercy for Animals revealed even more abuse at four Butterball turkey factories located in Garner, North Carolina. The disturbing video was released on Thursday and graphically showed a repeat performance of the egregious cruelty done in 2011 when one factory worker was charged and convicted of felony animal cruelty and four others were convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Mercy for Animals is headquartered in Los Angeles and began in 1999 when founder Nathan Runkle witnessed a baby piglet being slammed onto a concrete floor in a high school class. From then on Runkle took the initiative and started Mercy for Animals to educate the public about factory farm cruelty and to promote a kinder vegan lifestyle.
The latest video, although a bit grainy to view is just as graphic and difficult to watch as the video aired last year in December 2011. The video, alleged to have been secretly recorded in October shows the factory workers kicking, stomping and pulling turkeys by their wings and necks. It shows birds being slammed into transport crates and brutally handled as they are cruelly tossed around as if they were already dead.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Butterball responded stating they take:
“any allegations of animal mistreatment very seriously and have a zero tolerance policy for animal abuse.”
Dr. Greg Burkett, the North Carolina State University veterinarian who was involved with the 2011 investigation of Butterball factory farming agreed the abuses shown in the latest video were identical to the previous one and was “appalled at the disrespect given to the lives of other living creatures.”
Mercy for Animals hope people skip the turkeys for a more humane choice during Thanksgiving. Choose Tofurkey or the many delicious meat-free choices. If turkey is a mandate for the dinner table, then purchase a turkey from a small, local farm where they are treated humanely.
For delicious alternative recipes for Thanksgiving, please click here.
If you would like to continue receiving the latest news on pet issues and how we can help those who cannot speak, please click the “Subscribe” icon.
Follow the National Pet Rescue Examiner on Facebook by clicking here. Please visit and “like” my page. You are welcome to submit story ideas by contacting me at email@example.com.