Six Butterball Workers Arrested After Turkey Abuse Exposed


Six employees from the Butterball turkey farm in Shannon, North Carolina have been arrested in connection with a raid that took place on December 29, 2011. Megan Drake from Care2 reported on Mercy for Animals’ (MFA) three-week undercover investigation of the farm and the raid that resulted from video evidence of animal cruelty and neglect.

Nathan Runkle, executive director of MFA, stated: “Butterball allowed a culture of cruelty and abuse to fester at its company-owned factory farms. Before ending up in restaurants and grocery stores, turkeys killed for Butterball are routinely crowded into filthy warehouses, neglected to die from infected, bloody wounds, and beaten by factory farms workers” (ABC)

In addition to the six Butterball employees arrested, Dr. Sarah Mason, a veterinarian at the North Caroline Department of Agriculture, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and obstructing a police officer. Mason warned a friend who worked as a veterinarian at Butterball about the existence of incriminating video evidence and the impending raid. Mason has been suspended for her job and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Mason released a statement apologizing for her actions and said that she contacted the Butterball veterinarian only to ensure that any acts of animal cruelty ceased immediately.

As a result of the scandal, Butterball is reevaluating its animal welfare policies and has fired “several associates for failure to follow Butterball animal care and well-being policies” (ABC).


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Shelley Parsons
Shelley Parsonsabout a year ago

Maybe they should take the whole lot of them and make them live with the turkeys for a while. See how they like it.

I suppose they'll soon be trying to implement an ag gag bill like so many other states. Why don't they all just start figuring out that people aren't happy about what they're doing and instead of just trying to hide it, STOP DOING IT!!!!

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Laurie H.
Laurie H.2 years ago

I don't eat animals, so I certainly won't have any Butterball Turkey's on my plate ever!! This sick situation just continues, these degenerates need cameras on them to protect the innocent~ So Sad~

Christeen Anderson

It's the best turkey around.

Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Butterball yuck!

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine3 years ago


federico bortoletto

Che orrenda crudeltà. E anche il veterinario omertoso. Un vero SCHIFO

Kathy P.
Kathy P.3 years ago

When will it end? This vet is the worst. She took an oath to protect and save animals. Take all people involved to prison and let them never see the light of day again.

Hello G.
Hello G.3 years ago

God Bless Vegens :))

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

I will NOT be buying a Butterball turkey in the future!!
There was absolutely no reason for those employees to do what they did to those turkeys!!