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Butterball Raided by Law Enforcement

Written by Michelle Kretzer | December 30, 2011

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].” The 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 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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  • DeViLzzz says:

    Is it really that hard to have farms where animals can freely move about (free range) and be slaughtered in a humane fashion or whatever ?

  • itsall1 says:

    i found rod on Facebook and sent him a personal message. going to on linked in as well. this sickens me!

  • Hope says:

    Peta is an animal rights group–they are for the humane treatment of animals. it’s not realistic to say “stop eating meat”, so the animals should at LEAST be dead before any of these abuses happen. If they are killed via CAK, it is a merciful and pain free death. THAT is humane animal treatment, and there is no reason meat companies can’t do this, other than that they are lazy and cheap. This is what people who are anti-Peta don’t understand–it’s about being anti-cruelty, not pro-life or other unrealistic expectations. If you eat meat, it should come from an animal that didn’t suffer, right?

  • Barb Noon says:

    @Jack. The sentence immediately after PETA talking about CAK, asks people to stop eating meat and encourages faux turkey. It is extremely difficult to get other people to give up meat and it is not likely we will see all people going vegan in the next few years as much as that is the goal; so ending some of their suffering by CAK is still a huge improvement. I absolutely support these huge companies switching to Controlled Atmosphere Killing, even though I will never eat another animal in my life.

  • Curtis says:

    Jack, make no mistake: PETA is a vegetarian/vegan group. They are, however, realistic un their approach. Please see the link on CAK provided in the blog post. Clicking my name will also bring you to a website where you can learn about CAK.


    I haven’t eat Butterball since 2006 after hearing about the horrible things they did to those turkeys. Neither have my friends. 🙂 I’m glad they finally got busted. But if they kill the turkeys with gas, wouldn’t people be eating the gas?? Wouldn’t that be bad??

  • Tizzy says:

    OMG! I will NEVER eat Butterball turkey again or any turkey for that matter considering that if this is how this disgusting company treats it’s “product” then I am sure other companies are just the same!! SICK!!

  • Jack says:

    Maybe I am missing something here, why is PETA encouraging a different method of killing? And why are there comments here echoing that sentiment? If PETA is working to end animal abuse, how is killing turkeys with a different method a better solution. Why not encourage people instead to not eat turkey (or any other animal or their secretions for that matter) and leave it at that rather than ask for controlled atmospheric killings? Not sure what kind of progress this is.

  • Denise says:

    the most heart wrenching thing about this video is the end, when the “monster” was sitting on that poor turkey. u call him a monster becaues a real man would never abuse an animal. they are put on this earth to care for them. what is our world coming to when we disregard the most helpless? animals and children. SICK. :,(

  • melissam says:

    This is so sad the cruelty is unamaginable.

  • skersting says:

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE adoppt a controlled kill prcedure that will prevent the unnecessary suffering and abuse of these poor creatures!

  • Serena Vann says:

    There is a humane way to kill these animals!!!!! Be a decent human being and make it easier for these animals to be killed humanely!!!!

  • anthony says:

    i hate seeing animals die