Butterball Turkey Employees Arrested for Horrible Reasons

turkeyYou know Butterball is thankful that it's February and not November right now, as six of their employees were arrested for alleged turkey abuse. After a three-week investigation, followed by a raid, Butterball employees were arrested on charges of animal cruelty and neglect, with the circumstances at the Butterball factory farm being described like this: "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.”

That's horrible. HORRIBLE. Who beats a turkey? Unfortunately, some of this description is very familiar and almost routine for American factory farms. So are all of America's factory farms going to get shut down for this exact same thing? That would be a fantastic result of this awful story.

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One can only hope this is the start of a trend of investigations highlighting the poor, and unsanitary, treatment of animals that wind up on our dinner plate. In addition to the ethical issues, keeping animals in filth causes infections, which can either make people sick or cause animals to be injected with antibiotics. Antibiotics that, when eaten in mass quantities like this, can cause humans to become immune to their effects when needed for actual human illness.

Of course, we should also be concerned about the ethical treatment of animals, even those that we later kill to eat. Even a vegan would agree that if you're going to insist on eating animals, the least you can do is not torture them before you kill them.

I haven't eaten Butterball turkeys since I've been buying the Thanksgiving hen for myself, but I won't even consider it at the last minute after this story.

Does this make you reconsider where you get your turkey?


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