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Grand Union Jun 5, 11:37 a.m.
"“I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we've got to do it right. We've got to give those animals a decent life and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.”
lisaclark2 Jun 5, 11:19 a.m.
Do people think this is a petting farm? It's a slaughter house... Nothing good is going to happen to these birds..
valmantini Jun 5, 10:48 a.m.
BARBARIC......NEVER BUY BUTTERBALL...THEY ABUSE ALL ANIMALS. THIS IS JUST A SMALL SEGMENT OF THE BIG PICTURE. SO SAD. ANIMALS SHOULD BE TREATED WITH RESPECT. 'MERCY FOR ANIMALS' ROCKS.
"Screen Name-8/20" Jun 4, 7:46 p.m.
I grew up on a farm. We raised chickens, ducks and pigs. We not only treated them all with respect, we showed them affection, right up until it was time to process one of them, and then, we did it as quickly and as painlessly as was possible.
Lord, I remember staying up nights with chicks wrapped up in bathtowels in a wash pan on the open door of the oven set to VERY VERY low, to keep them warm enough to get them through the night because their mama had died. We could have tossed them, sure - but why? They were living breathing beings, they were our responsibility, and one day - they were going to be our dinner.
All this makes no sense to me, it's so full of sin because it's cruel and it's wasteful.
"Screen Name-8/20" Jun 4, 7:39 p.m.
Haven't bought a single Butterball product since the last expose', and I'm not going to change that because I believe if they care that little for their stock, then we'd be fools to think they give a darn about us, other than our wallets???
RealStory Jun 4, 7:32 p.m.
Man videos like this disturb me. I watched a video not long ago with pigs being abused and it literally made me sick on my stomach. I just don't understand people. Processing animals to eat is something that must be done, however there's no reason to be cruel about it.
westernwake1 Jun 4, 7:01 p.m.
This is how commercial hatcheries worldwide operate. I don't believe it will ever change.
Bealzebub Jun 4, 6:03 p.m.
free range local turkey where you know the local farmer or better yet go hunt your own in the wild. better for the earth, better for them, better for you. Meat is not a main dish to every meal. Meat should be more expensive and we should eat less of it.
42 Jun 4, 5:01 p.m.
Well what do you expect when NC AG employees announce their inspector visits to ButterBall.
Carrboro-resident Jun 4, 4:53 p.m.
Please don't turn away, that doesn't help the baby turkeys. You can help end this suffering by reducing demand and not eating them. Choose something else at your next meal - there are plenty of plant-based options available that taste just as good.
mockingbird313 Jun 4, 4:51 p.m.
Thank you for saying what I wanted to!
feistyredhead2001 Jun 4, 4:39 p.m.
You know I like meat and chicken as much as the next person... but there is absolutely NO reason for the things I saw on the video!! It makes me sick !!!
Alexia Jun 4, 4:29 p.m.
And I think you would be wrong. Factories try to operate at the highest efficiency level as possible. If it were more efficient to treat animals better, they would. I'm sure that if bringing out a soft pillow for each hatchling to lie on and placed in a very comfortable private room was more efficient, that's what they would do.
I'm not suggesting this is a good way to treat animals, but they're running a high-production facility for the purpose of generating food for humans to eat. If they lower their efficiency level, then it increases prices. We have a very large population to feed, you know.
Next up, the slaughterhouse. I've seen a few. They're not pretty, either.
fifefan4life Jun 4, 4:29 p.m.
I've gone meatless. Beyond Meat is a great product and tastes like chicken. They also have one that tastes like beef. Too much cruelty to all animals in factory farming . So sad.
davidhartman Jun 4, 3:59 p.m.
I highly doubt that, and it is highly hypocritical if they do not.
BurtReynoldsBigHat Jun 4, 3:52 p.m.
They're killing live animals, not smashing eggs.
heard-it-all-before Jun 4, 3:48 p.m.
now turn off your TV and go outside and play. the world is STILL A VERY PLEASANT PLACE once you do. i'd help a granny in a heartbeat. i do it all the time. so does all your friends. so does all your neighbors. so does 98% of those strangers you pass every day. the only place the world is awful is on that ridiculous false reality TV set you judge it from. turn the thing off and go meet your neighbors for once
cetingen2 Jun 4, 3:23 p.m.
If you don't like Butterball turkey, dont buy it. Problem solved. I think I might have turkey this evening
scubagirl2 Jun 4, 3:22 p.m.
Not gonna watch an abuse video, the news clips were enough for me. There is absolutely no reason to treat animals, even those headed for the table, badly. Glad to see one of our stupid laws is not preventing folks taking these videos and reporting it.
mockingbird313 Jun 4, 3:19 p.m.
I'd be willing to put money on the answer being no. All the animal activists I know are vegetarian or vegan. When talking about true activists, they usually don't brazenly go against the beliefs they fight for in that way.
kbird Jun 4, 3:17 p.m.
thank you for setting the right example! People who say "if you have the time" just do not get it. This is the problem with everything now days. No one "has time" to help the elderly lady trying to lift a heavy package at Wal Mart, no one "has time" to provide good customer service, no one "has time" to drive cautiously, no one "has time" for their family & on & on. Truth is that they don't take the time. They are selfish & inconsiderate, lacking morals & integrity & compassion for all life not just animal life. And to all those trying to make this about abortion... Yes i 100% do care about babies & their lives & i care about others as well & animals but the if you are trying to compare this to abortion & suggest that animal rights activists do not care about babies you would be wrong but i do doubt that any of you see anything wrong with this animal torture. We are ALL God's creatures, all created by him & i assure you that he would be sick.
umop apisdn Jun 4, 3:11 p.m.
This is the best thing to do for many reasons. Not only do factory farms take a huge hit but the benefit goes to local family-owned farms. You'll also be eating much healthier.
umop apisdn Jun 4, 3:09 p.m.
I don't see why this has to be brought up every time. The very same thing can be said in reverse. How can you be pro-life and not be a vegetarian or vegan?
bmac813 Jun 4, 2:58 p.m.
I just wonder , Do these same People ever go to a PLANNED PARENTHOOD and cry about little HUMAN'S being KILLED.
By the way They did RECALL BUTTERBALL TURKEY'S.
SOMEONE FORGOT TO BUTTER THE BALLS. hehehehehehhe
Packy Jun 4, 2:45 p.m.
I'm just curious.... do these same animal activists hit up the $200 per plate dinning establishments that are boiling lobster alive?
heard-it-all-before Jun 4, 2:40 p.m.
actually you have it completely backwards. the grocery store SELLS the food from these kill factory "farms" you think you're talking about. go to a real farm (that doesn't raise 300,000 turkeys every single week) and point at the happy little hen you'd like to fry up tonight. get some eggs while you're there. they're great.
ncprr1 Jun 4, 2:37 p.m.
You don't want to make this about Republicans vs Democrats. We ALL know which of those two groups respects life and which doesn't. Go watch a few abortion videos and hopefully you will have at least the same reaction that you did watching the turkey abuse.
"Screen Name-8/20" Jun 4, 2:30 p.m.
I did so when the last video was released.
Haven't bought a single Butterball product since then, nor will I ever again.
"Screen Name-8/20" Jun 4, 2:29 p.m.
IMO, very humane (because there ARE other companies who presently do so), and if they're not able to do that, then these big processing plants and companies need to be shut down.
God appointed us their Caregivers, not their users or abusers, their Caregivers, to forever give care to them and their needs.
And personally, I think all these large animal processing plants and brood houses should be required by law to have cameras within them, to film exactly what does on in them at all times.
"Screen Name-8/20" Jun 4, 2:24 p.m.
I wouldn't be able to stomach the video. Sad some animals are still having to deal with beasts in their lives like Butterball and their employees.
I haven't bought a Butterball product since the last abuse video a couple of years back, nor will I - ever again, because if we can't trust them with the welfare of animals, what makes us think they REALLY give a dang about us???
shawn36003 Jun 4, 2:17 p.m.
They are raised for FOOD and in great numbers, just how human can they be to them?
luvmyjackrascal Jun 4, 2:14 p.m.
Sounds like Butterball just needs to be boycotted by everybody - put them put of business! I'm not watching the video as I don't want to see them being tortured, but I can sure stop buying anything with their name on it.
creekeagle Jun 4, 2:10 p.m.
I am certain that Butterball has animal welfare audits conducted often. What do the audits state about the process of poults having their beaks and toes trimmed? Those machines doing the trimming must have been functioning during the audits. I would be interested in finding out the results of the audits.
common tater Jun 4, 2:06 p.m.
Not watching the video...that's why I go to the grocery store instead of the turkey farm to get one. I say let's give every chicken and turkey 200sf minimum of free range with separate shelters, premium food, and a memorial service when killed. Then charge $12 a pound. Clayton has it right. As for Rat, that's great if you have the time, but not practical when you're trying to feed millions.
rand321 Jun 4, 2:04 p.m.
makes you not want to eat factory meat!! its one thing for efficiency, but the carelessness and harshness of the video makes you think twice about buying a butterball.
ldestefano63 Jun 4, 2:01 p.m.
There is a difference between humane and inhumane. Every living creature feels pain and what these creatures go through is just horrific and disgusts me. Our world becomes more and more a place for people with no morals, conscience or hearts, if they do this to animals they'll think nothing of doing it to a human and it seems every day we hear of the perverse demented things people do to others. Nothing should have to suffer this pain.
melanie3 Jun 4, 1:57 p.m.
we won't have to worry about these much longer - pretty sure the republicans just passed a law making such video's a felony. Cause.. why expect corporations to fix things that are wrong when you can arrest someone showing it instead
podtalk Jun 4, 1:57 p.m.
Chicken!! it's whats for dinner!!
davidhartman Jun 4, 1:51 p.m.
I will never eat purchase another Butterball product!
estrauch Jun 4, 1:51 p.m.
Please don't be ignorant and think that Butterball is the only company that does this. Unfortunately other meat factories have been found to use the same methods of cruelty. All you have to do is visit the Unites States Humane Society to read all about it. This is extremely sickening! At least most hunters will kill animals and treat them with dignity before eating them. Big companies like Butterball are just in it for money. It takes a 'special' kind of person to work in a meat factory and do the awful things they do. :(
ThomasL Jun 4, 1:47 p.m.
If you think this is bad,go to a chicken slaughter house where the hang them upside down flapping and hollaring as they pass through this door and a saw cuts there heads off and they are still flapping!Use to go there to buy chicken feet to feed hunting dogs!They loved em,crunch crunch crunch!
heard-it-all-before Jun 4, 1:45 p.m.
that's a big giant whopper of an opinionated statement. stop and think, how many people buy butterball turkey because of the happy green grass blue skies tv commercials and they don't read the news?
they're misinformed or uniformed. that's all.
the problem lies with companies like walmart that DO KNOW how this food is produced, yet they continue to sell them because they're cheap and reap big profit margins.
i choose to believe most humans are compassionate and wouldn't dare buy another butterball IF THEY KNEW how it was made. so stop giving up on society and complaining so much, maybe go out and do something productive instead like help inform the uninformed about it.
lprop Jun 4, 1:34 p.m.
If it is true then quit buying their product.
Lee Co Rat Jun 4, 1:33 p.m.
claytontarheel Jun 4, 1:21 p.m.
I am from a long line of farmers in NC, we kill animals on a regular basis for food.
However the animals are treated and fed well and treated with dignity and put down
as quickly as possible to limit suffering. If you cant recognize the cruelty in this video
I will pray for you because this should sicken anyone.
storminnorman Jun 4, 1:29 p.m.
-Va- Jun 4, 1:26 p.m.
Kinda makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Our state legislature is treating us just the same way.
--Best comment of the day!!!
itsnotmeiswear Jun 4, 1:21 p.m.
It's a turkey. I guess the next thing we should do is open turkey prisons for the criminal turkeys that are charged with assault after they peck their buddy on the head. If you don't like it, you should eat chicken, pork, fish, or beef. They are treated so much more humanely. I'd say stick to fruits and vegetables, but sometimes, a bad apple is discarded without a second thought.
kbird Jun 4, 1:16 p.m.
You know though, our government treat our veterans just as bad so i would be shocked if anything meaningful is done about this!
buckskin022 Jun 4, 1:12 p.m.
This happens at almost every factory farm, There is no excuse to treat these animals this way just because they are going to slaughter, the people that do this kind of thing to animals are just ignorant idoits!
kbird Jun 4, 1:12 p.m.
How does this not depict cruelty???? This is disgusting & what is even more disturbing is how many people just don't care! It doesn't take a great deal of effort to treat these animals humanely & in fact i think it takes more effort to treat them with such disregard!
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03