Hoke County Butterball Turkey Farm Investigated For Possible Animal Cruelty

SHANNON, N.C. (AP) -- Hoke County deputies spent the day at a farm that raises turkeys for Butterball LLC after an animal rights group said it captured undercover video that shows animal cruelty.

Investigators looked through the two barns and the roughly 2,000 turkeys inside Thursday at the farm in Shannon.

No arrests for cruelty have been made, and deputies say it could be weeks before the investigation is finished.

Deputies came to the farm after Chicago-based Mercy for Animals sent prosecutors three weeks of undercover footage by a member of the group who worked at the farm. The group says the videos show workers throwing, kicking, dragging and beating turkeys.

Butterball issued a statement Thursday saying it has zero tolerance for abusing animals and is working with deputies.


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  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Dec 31, 2011 at 04:37 AM
    I do not eat meat of any kind but come on people.What did you think they were doing, singing the birds bedtime stories.
  • by TOM TURKEY Location: CHIK-FIL-A on Dec 30, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    For years turkeys have stood silent as YOU celebrate the death of turkeys on thanksgiving by eating turkeys that have been held against their will, brutally tortured for months and systematicaly executed all to be served on your plates as a main course and as giblet gravy! In response to this documented tragedy turkeys nationwide ask for your support in freeing all domestically imprisoned turkeys. Show your support by spreading the turkey alliance's slogan, EAT MOR CHIKN!
  • by obamanot on Dec 30, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    Chicago-based Mercy for animals...I knew I could find a story on here today to talk trash about pinnochiobama.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    Turkeys are stupid animals. No, I don't mean that like "just an animal". I mean they are literally stupid.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 30, 2011 at 06:18 AM
    They cut their throats drain the blood and sacrifice them to a false God so why worry about this. don't believe it call them they won't deny it.I did.www.butterball.com
  • by JJ on Dec 30, 2011 at 05:32 AM
    Why does it matter if they abuse turkeys. They kill them anyway.
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      by me on Dec 30, 2011 at 06:20 AM in reply to JJ
      yeah, they kill them, but we don't treat killers on death row that way (which i wouldn't have a problem if we did), kill them, don't torture them!
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      by Anonimouse on Dec 30, 2011 at 09:50 AM in reply to JJ
      Well, I do have one concern really. Traumatizing them kicks adrenaline into gear and makes them taste bad.
  • by 40some on Dec 29, 2011 at 09:48 PM
    It was only a part of the tenderizing process.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 07:17 AM in reply to 40some
      Wouldn't expect any more from you.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 09:48 AM in reply to
        LoL I was thinking the same thing. Some people have no sense of humor.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM in reply to 40some
      Actually bruises the meat and makes it taste bad.
  • by yukon on Dec 29, 2011 at 09:31 PM
    now i know why my xmas turkey had a broken leg and a bruise on its thigh
  • by saddened on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:21 PM
    Iam truly saddened by the way the BUTTERBALL executioners are treating these poor turkeys. Im sure all these people want is a paycheck and they dont care about how they handle the turkeys as we all seen on our televisions. I WILL look elsewhere before I buy another BUTTERBALL product again.
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      by tarheel on Dec 30, 2011 at 09:02 AM in reply to saddened
      you look elsewhere ill have my butterball whith stuffing and gravey.yum yum yum yum
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