Butterball Turkey’s are leaving a really bitter taste in the mouths of animal rights activists. A video has emerged taken by an undercover agent working for the Mercy for Animals group. The images are awful to say the least.
The images are taken from a Butterball affiliated slaughterhouse in North Carolina. They show workers kicking the animals, hitting them with sticks, throwing them in walls and other awful abuse.
The videos go further and show footage of abused animals with rotting parts of their bodies. It shows turkeys with their eyes rotting out and with broken bones.
Mercy for Animals took the footage to local authorities who issued arrest warrants and raided the plant Tuesday morning.
Butterball reacted by issuing a statement that they have a zero tolerance policy for the abuse of the animals and are conducting both their own investigation and one through a third party.
Companies like Butterball are becoming much more sensitive to allegations of abuse at their factories because customers are holding the large agricultural concerns responsible for abuse of animals. Economists say that there has been a noticeable decrease in the amount of meat being consumed that was raised by large corporate conglomerates.
Allegations of abuse at McDonalds affiliated suppliers has caused the burger giant to reassess their relationships with egg suppliers and pork suppliers this year.
Would you be less likely to but products form a company like Butterball if you knew there were allegations of abuse against the company?
Here is the Mercy for Animals video that caused the uproar (Warning Graphic!)