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  • Rebelyell55 Nov 15, 5:44 p.m.

    It looks like some won't even be eating Turkey Franks no more. What ashame.

  • nclgw Nov 15, 5:00 p.m.

    Disgusting....simply disgusting. I'll never buy any Butterball product again. Perhaps if enough other people did the same, they would get the message

  • piene2 Nov 15, 4:25 p.m.

    "That's awesome wayneboyd....like working in a factory is an excuse for animal abuse.....
    rwine51"

    Those who abuse animals are just as likely to abuse other people including children.

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 15, 2:54 p.m.

    No one ever said that working in a meat processing plant was easy ...but that's no excuse to take an abusive route.

  • gnewsome1 Nov 15, 2:32 p.m.

    Hire the turkey lovers and let them work in a turkey plant to see how they would like it, turkeys taking care of turkeys.

  • rwine51 Nov 15, 2:31 p.m.

    That's awesome wayneboyd....like working in a factory is an excuse for animal abuse.....

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 15, 1:44 p.m.

    Rockets in Gaza, murder in Syria, gangs in Chicago and now Turkeys in North Carolina.

    That's the spirit ...go make light of other situations, too.

    Skywatch_NC
    November 15, 2012 1:06 p.m.
    .......Are you serious? Comparing those issue to Turkeys?

  • Thought Criminal WS Nov 15, 1:10 p.m.

    This will have NO impact on my plans to buy, cook, and eat a Turkey on T-day.

    PETA can go eat some tofu.

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 15, 1:07 p.m.

    There's nothing like hands on experience ...and abuse ...to help one appreciate the fellow on the other side of the wall.

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 15, 1:06 p.m.

    Rockets in Gaza, murder in Syria, gangs in Chicago and now Turkeys in North Carolina.

    That's the spirit ...go make light of other situations, too.

  • wayneboyd Nov 15, 12:57 p.m.

    TWAL.. Will you please repost your comment in BIG BOLD red letters so it will get the attention it deserves.
    Also suggest these animal rights activist get off the taxpayers payroll and work at a turkey processing plant a couple of weeks. There's nothing like hands on experience to help one appreciate the fellow on the other side of the wall.

  • lost in translation Nov 15, 12:56 p.m.

    Rockets in Gaza, murder in Syria, gangs in Chicago and now Turkeys in North Carolina.

  • piene2 Nov 15, 12:56 p.m.

    "These folks won't do this type of filming up north or other places, because most know of them and their agenda. But they'll keep coming down here, because they found some officals who ain't too smart Rebelyell55"

    Well where else would one go if they were looking for dumb people?

  • vincentwilliam794 Nov 15, 12:49 p.m.

    yes, criminal charges should be taken, the people fired, and new ones hired. there is no cause for this..now, Butterball just, exactly are you going to do about this.

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 15, 12:09 p.m.

    Some sicko folks here who think its okay to abuse animals even if they are raised for food.

  • schlitzmalt Nov 15, 11:53 a.m.

    good lord, next thing you know they'll be killing and eating these poor turkeys. How barbaric!

  • TWAL Nov 15, 11:11 a.m.

    No disrespect, but very few people are looking for these types of jobs.Companies are hiring the people that wants to work. There are some great hispanic people who want to become US WORKING TAX PAYING AMERICANS. Go ask any high school student if he wants to load turkeys for a living. The general public doesn't know that you start off as a loader and work your way up and become a supervisor, then a manager over loading crews, and make 40 to 60k a year. It's all about leadership and the drive to want to be the best at everything you do wether cooking hamburgers, loading turkeys, or cleaning yards! Some would rather be on food stamps, have babies that they can't afford and exspect working Americans to send them a an card to buy groceries.Guess who pays for that, the American Farmers!

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 15, 11:09 a.m.

    Next thing they'll want them put in padded cell, with piped in music, air condition or heat for their trip to the slaughter house. I'm guess there ain't too many that has gotten behind a livestock transport and see chicken jumping out committing suicide. There are people who'll got to extreme on any issue and the media will lend a voice to them. But the fact is those are not the normal thoughts of most people.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 15, 10:55 a.m.

    These folks won't do this type of filming up north or other places, because most know of them and their agenda. But they'll keep coming down here, because they found some officals who ain't too smart and will surely overreact. Their Web site goes beyond abuse of animals, they want everyone to quit eating meat.

  • Mom120 Nov 15, 10:27 a.m.

    If they would hire someone who speaks English they might understand the rules

  • TWAL Nov 15, 10:11 a.m.

    Abuse is seen different by all people. This is a very difficult job.I work with several different animals for meat production. We take pride in our jobs, and promote safety for the animals and people. You have to be very discipline when working with animals and be calm. There are ways to produce meat and be humane. The demand for food has come for mass production farms. If you live in Raleigh get you some chickens, turkeys, cows, and pigs and see how long it is before your'e arrested for breaking city laws.Don't forget the neighbors that are going to complain about the smell of manure. UNTIL THEY GET HUNGRY! These companies are trying to comply to humane rules. Things are going to happen, and they will react to solve real problems.
    You need to think about farmers, they just don't grow for themselves. THANK YOU AMERICAN FARMERS FOR THE JOB YOU DO,AND PROVIDE FOOD FOR THE WORLD!

  • superman Nov 15, 9:27 a.m.

    There is a difference in abuse. I consider abuse when I person hurts an animal without cause or reason. They were trying to load the turkeys in crates and ship them out. They just dont walk into a crate that is already full of animals. How about the abuse when they are in the crates for several hours without food or water. How about the abuse when they are alive and hung by their feet going thru the line to be killed. How about the abuse when they are killed without a chance to say goodbye to their family and friends. Just how would you suggest that they get 20 or 30 turkeys to go into a crate for shipping? They just dont walk in the crate like people going into an elevator.

  • piene2 Nov 15, 9:15 a.m.

    "PETA should be banned from the US! I certainly do not agree with abusing any living thing but these people 'pick and choose' their causes and incidents to get the most public outrage. If you don't want to eat meat, fine, but stop trying to force your ideals on the entire public.
    Heavenly"

    So you do not condone animal abuse but you wish to ban People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who are the most effective means of curbing animal abuse? That makes absolutely no sense whatever.

  • kbird Nov 15, 9:04 a.m.

    Yes, we should treat these animals humanely until they are killed and they should be killed as humanely as possible. Not tortured not stomped on. When a pet is suffering we euthenize it. We don't bash it's head in with a metal rod or stomp it to death. Yes they are going to be eaten but is it too much to ask that they be given a decent life until that time comes? I honestly can not believe that people think that it is ok to treat them sooo horribly just because they will be on the dinner table in the end. We are all going to die one day does that mean we have the right to go around kicking hitting and stomping each other?

  • dontstopnow Nov 15, 8:43 a.m.

    PETA should be banned from the US! I certainly do not agree with abusing any living thing but these people 'pick and choose' their causes and incidents to get the most public outrage. If you don't want to eat meat, fine, but stop trying to force your ideals on the entire public.

  • TWAL Nov 15, 8:15 a.m.

    These people load several hundreds of animals a day.They have been trained, and taught how to be humane to the animals. Butterbal is like the rest of the food producers in the US, they make profit from healthy noninjured animals produced from meat. Yes these people should have to answer for their actions maybe a fine or termination. Butterball has employees like every other proffesion in the world they are nonthinking people doing things there not suppose to. Food producers TRAIN EMPLOYEES TO BE HUMANE! They do police and terminate bad empolyees like everyone else.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Nov 14, 7:35 p.m.

    "Have you ever tried to catch a chicken, turkey, pig that somehow got out of an enclusure?" - superman

    Yes, I have. Up to 19 chickens at a time. And I didn't feel an urge to abuse them in any way.

    If you can't handle your livestock without abusing them then you are ethically and morally in the wrong business. It's the same underlying personality disorders that lead to hitting your children or bullying others at school. Pure and simple.

  • Rob Webb Nov 14, 6:56 p.m.

    Yeah it's true that the turkeys are for food consumption.But that doesn't mean they need to be stomped, or tormented. It is not only cruel, it is a health concern. Think about this the next time you get food poison. It just may be from a turkey they contracted an illness from some useless individual that has nothing better to do than to torment & abuse a living creature. This is the actions of a criminal, & They should face charges for doing such heinous actions.

  • rachel Nov 14, 6:43 p.m.

    I don't get the whole idea of animal abuse for an animal you are planning to kill-so be extra kind to it till you garrote its neck?

  • superman Nov 14, 6:39 p.m.

    If you never lived on a farm you probably dont realize that animals dont follow oral directions. Have you ever tried to catch a chicken, turkey, pig that somehow got out of an enclusure? I will volunteer to have a turkey join us for Thansgiving dinner.

  • nicoleleahmoore Nov 14, 6:10 p.m.

    Renee, thank you so much for sharing this story!! Here's a link to some cruelty-free recipes everyone might be interested in after seeing this heartbreaking footage: http://www.mercyforanimals.org/thanksgiving-recipes.aspx

  • larieke Nov 14, 4:46 p.m.

    I agree, kicking these turkeys around just doesn't work. Personally, I think these turkeys should be "water-boarded" before they're executed. How else are we going to find out how they feel about this whole American holiday thing. Plus, we need to find out from them whether they prefer the guillotine, cremation or being boiled in oil.

  • jaw8823 Nov 14, 4:30 p.m.

    So killing them to on a table is not considered abusive?

  • kmanc4s Nov 14, 4:30 p.m.

    You should treat those turkeys with kid gloves right up to the point you cut their heads off.

  • superman Nov 14, 4:29 p.m.

    Guess I will be having another sleepless night worrying about those turkeys. The homeless who are hungry and have to sleep in the cold dont make any difference. Cant people think of something better to do?

  • Just Once Nov 14, 4:23 p.m.

    Woe is me. Do we have nothing better to worry about?

    I am not for torture but you herd those filthy animals around and try to be nice. Give me a break.

    And they are FILTHY - captivity or not - absolutely nasty as a constant state.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 14, 4:21 p.m.

    "The factory farming industry exploits the poor/ uneducated/ immigrants/ and even children who begin working there as teens. Slaughterhouse workers suffer from higher rates of illness or injury compared to other manufacturing jobs. The industry abuses people, too."

    People are not forced at gunpoint to work somewhere. Just have patience sooner or later the lefties will get around to doing that.

  • McLovin Nov 14, 3:47 p.m.

    its ok...turkeys dont have souls...

  • simplelogic Nov 14, 3:44 p.m.

    "Come on people, jump on a cause that matters to PEOPLE that are being abused."

    I'm pretty sure that people in abusive situations have organizations supporting them, and you (and anyone else) are free to contribute to those organizations in any way you see fit. Why do you object to animals having the same sort of advocacy? One does NOT take away from the other.

  • piene2 Nov 14, 3:40 p.m.

    "With Thanksgiving approaching I'd like to know if there is a way to cook a turkey without mistreating it? I would hate to go to jail for such a "heinous" crime. Maybe I should just stick to pork for the holidays because surely there is a humane way to cook a hog.
    realitycheck99"

    I have learned over the years that if one wishes to cook a turkey without mistreating it, one must make sure the turkey is well and truly dead before placing it in the hot oven.

  • Carrboro-resident Nov 14, 3:39 p.m.

    "Come on people, jump on a cause that matters to PEOPLE that are being abused."

    The factory farming industry exploits the poor/ uneducated/ immigrants/ and even children who begin working there as teens. Slaughterhouse workers suffer from higher rates of illness or injury compared to other manufacturing jobs. The industry abuses people, too.

  • simplelogic Nov 14, 3:36 p.m.

    "I heard Butterball employees hoist a turkey for New Year's then let it drop into a hot fat turkey fryer then eat it. Oh, that's me."

    While it's still alive?

    Really, there's NOTHING wrong with cooking and eating a dead turkey. NO ONE is disputing that. What's disgusting is kicking and stomping on a LIVING, FEELING creature.

  • Runt over again Nov 14, 3:33 p.m.

    They just wanted to make sure they got some special sauce before being sent out.

  • proud-bleeding-heart Nov 14, 3:31 p.m.

    simplelogic~I couldn't have said it better. Maybe some day people will be more kind.

  • proud-bleeding-heart Nov 14, 3:29 p.m.

    Those hardened to this issue need to see this in real life.
    life in a meat eating happy bubble is just great but not reality.

  • proud-bleeding-heart Nov 14, 3:27 p.m.

    IT is abuse to eat turkey, but at least those who do need to know how terribly those animals suffered.

  • proud-bleeding-heart Nov 14, 3:26 p.m.

    Cameras need to be in all of these "facilities" regularly.
    And...
    "the top poultry veterinarian at the state Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services pleaded guilty to tipping off the farm to the raid" is really scary. What was it like before they were "tipped off?!"

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 14, 3:16 p.m.

    The turkeys will be killed any way. I wish this particular group would have the same concern with the roaming deers that are causing many accidents.

  • 4theanimals Nov 14, 3:09 p.m.

    Judging by all these crass and insensitive comments regarding animals...we are doomed as a country!!!! Every living, breathing thing deserves respect. Yes, most animals are here for a purpose, (just like we are) but they were not put here to be abused or neglected. If you feel the need to do that..you need to CHECK yourself! I know most of you making the comments just want to get a reaction and ATTENTION!

  • Brandex Nov 14, 3:09 p.m.

    What's really sick is that WRAL posted this story, but has a contest to win a free Butterball turkey!! LOL!!

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