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Do you think ButterBall is getting a bad wrap? 
Nov. 14, 2012 9:24 am 
Updated: Nov. 15, 2012 6:48 am
A week before Thanksgiving, an animal advocacy group is accusing Butterball of abusing and neglecting turkeys at some of its facilities.
The activist group Mercy For Animals said an undercover investigation into several Butterball operations in North Carolina found evidence of cruelty and neglect. Hidden camera footage  shows turkeys being thrown and dragged by their wings and necks, kicked on the ground and with open sores.
I have no insider knowledge, other than last year the same thing happen, I am sure all butterball policies are not to abuse the turkeys, and this is more on a individual(s) going rogue. On the other hand maybe the company is not closely monitoring what goes on with turkey farms they contract with.
In full disclosure I have bought 4 turkeys this month, one of them being a 22lb Butterball turkey.
 Do you think Butterball is getting a bad wrap?
Nov. 14, 2012 10:00 am
By way of response I am going to tell you another story. Every now and then, in BC where I live; a news organization will take it upon themselves to place secret cameras within the residences of seniors living in old age care facilities. Usually the camera placement is based upon accusation and rumour not followed up but sometimes they're random too. They then wait til they come upon some footage that is upsetting and compelling and poof, there ya have some great ratings. The inflammatory footage is then broadcast and a whole host of injustices come into play when they do so. There is a huge, other side of the story that they don't tell you. They show you a violent altercation between a care worker and a resident that lasts 29 seconds. What they dont show you or tell is the fact that they had to record 700 hours of footage to find that 29 second incident. They also don't tell you about the behaviour of the resident prior to the altercation. My wife works in an assisted care facility as an ALW and would that she was writing this because I simply can't convey the conflict and fear that plays in her voice when she speaks of having to give care to residents that are violent. The sad fact is that when the minds of our old folks start to go, sometimes they undergo personality changes that make them dangerous to themselves and others, yet still remain cognitive enough to hide the changes. A real dogs breakfast for care aides who come home with bruises, cuts and scratches from a resident who appears to be someones sweet old great granny. As you may well imagine, sometimes too, people caring for these folks react badly and that makes great TV. My point is, there well may be some footage of a turkey being mishandled, a turkey that developed some sores etc... but I strongly believe that you and I are only being told enough to encourage us to stay in our seats long enough for the network to encourage us to buy a Toyota.
Nov. 14, 2012 10:16 am
I wonder if that group related the tactic they believe to be "cruelty and neglect". Cruelty and neglect could be not feeding the birds for 24-36 hours. When I raised turkeys, I would always remove their food before butchering to have their intestines as empty as possible to reduce the chances of intestinal borne illnesses escaping to the meat. (The birds were provided all the fresh water they cared to consume.) There is nothing nice about butchering so a complaint is very easy to generate to get on the evening news.
Nov. 14, 2012 1:26 pm
The commercial facilities are gigantic and I think they all have occasional problems.
Nov. 15, 2012 6:48 am
they should try lifting a turkey, they are so strong and heavy. I must lift mine by the wings or they would rip apart my arms. The flapping wings would beat and bruise a person very badly. Eliminating food is a must and as Mike says, no poultry butchering/processing site is pretty.
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