PETA Urges Due Diligence in Case of Butterfield Bird Killers

For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2021

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Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Butterfield, Minn. – Please see the following statement from PETA Vice President of Evidence Analysis Dan Paden in response to Watonwan County Attorney Stephen J. Lindee’s announcement that he will not prosecute the workers responsible for allowing more than 9,000 chickens to freeze to death at a Butterfield Foods slaughterhouse:

PETA hopes the prosecutor will want to do his due diligence before reaching a final decision in this case, so we’ve encouraged him to speak with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal witness who uncovered this horror, and the slaughterhouse management and staff who know why thousands of birds froze solid in subzero temperatures. Those responsible for their terrifying deaths must be held accountable. Imagine if these were dogs—would the facility be given a free pass?

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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