MFA takes on Butterball for Round 2

Mercy for Animals’ undercover investigators have again brought to light animal cruelty at Butterball turkey facilities in North Carolina. According to the nonprofit organization, abuses documented last month included:

  • workers kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their wings and necks
  • throwing turkeys onto the ground or on top of other birds
  • serious untreated illnesses and injuries, including open sores, infections, and broken bones

This new footage comes on the heels of a guilty plea, in August, for felony animal cruelty by a former Butterball employee. The latest footage echoes the cruelty of last year. Butterball is the world’s largest producer of turkey meat, responsible for “30 percent of the 46 million turkeys who are killed for Thanksgiving.”

Ahead of the holiday, MFA felt strongly about promoting awareness of the footage. In the initial days following its release, their main website,, redirected to a special investigations site,

MFA encourages leaving turkeys, as well as other animals, off your holiday menus. Get some great ideas at


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