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Six Butterball Workers Arrested After Turkey Abuse Exposed

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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8:54AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:23PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

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~

5:16AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

It's the best turkey around.

8:06PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

Butterball yuck!

8:03PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012


3:37AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

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

3:33AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

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.

4:40AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

God Bless Vegens :))

4:34AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

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!!

6:09PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Good, I hope they'll make a nice X-mas lunch for some cannibals...

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