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Butterball's PR Staff Mysteriously Absent Pre-Thanksgiving


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JL
- 667 days ago - motherjones.com
No company statement, no answers on growth-enhancers, nada. Mind you, this is the same company that runs a fully-staffed hotline to tell you how to cook your turkey. The company's website boasts that "No question is too tough for these turkey talkers, and



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JL A. (275)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 2:44 pm


Mother Jones
Butterball's PR Staff Mysteriously Absent Pre-Thanksgiving
The folks who offer a turkey-question hotline somehow couldn't manage to answer my questions about what happens to the turkey before it gets to your oven.

By Kiera Butler | Tue Nov. 20, 2012 11:03 AM PST

A while back, the animal advocacy group Mercy For Animals [1] turned up some alarming footage [2] of workers at a Butterball facility kicking and throwing turkeys and hitting them with metal rods. MFA sent out a bunch of emails yesterday reminding reporters of that awful footage. I thought this might be a good opportunity to ask Butterball a few questions about its operations—including its reaction to MFA's allegations. So I sent the company a few questions, including:

How many turkeys does Butterball sell every year?
How long does it take for an average Butterball turkey to reach slaughter age?
Are Butterball turkeys fed antibiotics? How about ractopamine [3] (Topmax)? Any other growth enhancers?
How has Butterball responded to Mercy For Animals' allegations of abuse at factories?

I got an away message from the first spokeswoman I tried, so I forwarded it along to someone else. Here's what I got back:

I hope you're well today. I received your note below from my colleague, Bridget.
Unfortunately, resources who are appropriate to answer these questions are limited this week and are unavailable to respond by your deadline.

I wrote back:

Okay, but it does seem like this week of all weeks would be a crucial one for answering these questions! I'd really like to include Butterball's input if at all possible.

No dice. The spokeswoman responded:

Thanks, Kiera. Due to scheduling, we just won’t be able to make it work. Re: the MFA allegations, I can share with you the company statement if you’d like – let me know.

I wrote:

Okay. Can you at least tell me whether Butterball uses antibiotics, ractopamine, and/or other growth enhancers?

And...crickets. No company statement, no answers on growth-enhancers, nada. Mind you, this is the same company that runs a fully-staffed hotline [4] to tell you how to cook your turkey. The company's website boasts [4] that "No question is too tough for these turkey talkers, and they are ready and excited to tackle any challenge you throw at them."

Except, it seems, when it comes to the turkeys themselves.
Source URL: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/11/butterballs-pr-staff-mysteriously-absent

Links:
[1] http://www.butterballabuse.com/
[2] http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/08/butterball-turkey-employee-admits-animal-abuse
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ractopamine
[4] http://www.butterball.com/tips-how-tos/turkey-experts/overview
 

Mm M. (457)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 10:56 pm
OMGoodness Heads up for the Board of Directors....should of said HEAD OFF!!
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 11:29 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Mm because you have done so within the last week.
 

natalie n. (164)
Friday November 23, 2012, 7:19 am
oh this is a terribly tragedy, its wonderful that you have pursued the issue thus far, JL, I am sure that they should still be accountable for a response, as turkeys are still consumed right through Christmas.So there's no excuse they should be giving to evade answering all the way till end Dec!
 

Gloria picchetti (290)
Friday November 23, 2012, 7:37 am
For factory farms we shouldn't buy Butterball anyway.
 

Sheila S. (64)
Friday November 23, 2012, 7:48 am
Noted. Thanks for bringing this abuse to our attention!
 

JL A. (275)
Friday November 23, 2012, 8:08 am
Thanks Natalie and Gloria for translating this information into what all who read it can do with the information! You are welcome Sheila!
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Phyllis P. (413)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:44 pm
Interesting.....took back my butterball turkey when I heard about this video. But I am sure someone else bought it....:(
 

JL A. (275)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:46 pm
Now that's what I call taking action Phyllis! Kudos!
 

Sharon F. (0)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:49 pm
Critical thinking, please, folks. Next year serve beans, walnuts or tofu turkey instead of the traditional bird. The turkey the pilgrims ate was free-range/wild. It was not confirmed in close quarters, zapped full of drugs and terrified enroute to the processing plant. My host at the 'T' meal (I did not eat the turkey) said turkeys are zapped with something that makes people fall asleep after consuming the product. Think of all the heat contributed to the environment while all those turkeys are roasted for HOURS and then much of it is wasted. Yikes.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:57 pm
Good points Shar--except the sleepiness myth: "Turkey allegedly causes drowsiness because it is packed with a nutrient called tryptophan.

"Tryptophan is one of 20 naturally occurring amino acids—the building blocks of proteins. Because the body is unable to manufacture tryptophan on its own, it must be obtained from food protein. Turkey is a great source of this essential acid, but it is not unique: many meats and other protein products pack comparable amounts." "TURKEY DAZE: Gluttony is more to blame for post-Thanksgiving tiredness than anything in the turkey itself."
From Scientific American:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fact-or-fiction-does-turkey-make-you-sleepy
 

Patricia W. (5)
Friday November 23, 2012, 3:36 pm
I'm never buying Turkey again. So much Cruelty!!!!!!
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Friday November 23, 2012, 4:20 pm
Noted. Thanks, J.L. Good info!
 

JL A. (275)
Friday November 23, 2012, 4:48 pm
You're welcome Lois!
 

Gina Narvaez (16)
Friday November 23, 2012, 6:29 pm
gr8 :DD
 

Gloria Morotti (14)
Friday November 23, 2012, 7:26 pm
Why are we not surprised.
 

janet f. (29)
Friday November 23, 2012, 8:35 pm
They should all choke on their turkey dinners.
 

Darlene B. (290)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 7:55 am
'Do unto others as you would have done unto you'--be it human or animal.
 
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