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Butterball turkey abuse

  • Undercover investigation catches animal abusers in the act
  • Four men were convicted of animal cruelty


Horrifying abuse at a North Carolina turkey farm is caught on tape. The animal rights group Mercy For Animals released an undercover video showing shocking abuse at a Butterball turkey farm. The video, and the abuse it showed, led authorities to investigate and later convict four employees of cruelty to animals.  Three of those convictions were misdemeanor convictions but one man was convicted of “felonious” cruelty to animals the first ever felony conviction in U.S. history for cruelty to factory-farmed poultry.

Butterball gave us this statement regarding the abuse at the farm:

Since Butterball first learned of the 2011 incident at its Hoke County facility, we have condemned the actions of the former associates involved.  We have cooperated with all external investigations and authorities including during the most recent court proceedings. Animal care and well-being remains central to the operations of our company, and we are committed to the ethical and responsible care of our turkey flocks.

Nathan Runkle, Executive Director of Mercy for Animals joined Jane to talk about the undercover investigation.  For more about Mercy for Animals click here.

For more stories like this watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7pm ET on HLN. 

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