MFA Undercover Video at Butterball Disclosed:
“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.”
Statement by Butterball
“We are currently working with Hoke County government officials regarding allegations of animal cruelty at a farm in North Carolina.” It goes on to claim that “Butterball has a zero tolerance policy for any mistreatment of our birds or the failure to immediately report mistreatment of our birds by any associates.”
Other MFA Investigations and Results
But the investigation at Butterball is significant because the brand name is so well known. Butterball produces more than one billion pounds of turkey annually and has 20% of the U.S. market. John Kivett of the Hoke County sheriff’s office told CNN “No one has been taken into custody. It’s still an ongoing investigation. Nothing has been seized.”
He added “The doctors are checking each bird to see if there are any injuries or sickness in the bird or anything they can visually see,” says Kivett. “They’re doing inspections of each bird and then my investigators are in there documenting any injuries or maltreatment to the animals.” All 2,800 turkeys will be inspected for signs of abuse.
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Photos of Butterball Factory Farm by Mercy for Animals
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