Sep 212006

I’m not a crazy animal-rights activist, but as many of you who read my blog know, I am a vegetarian. I also subscribe to PETA’s newsletter…

Today I got a fun little note about the Butterball Turkey company. Please read this, and watch the video.

PETA’s investigators witnessed despicable acts of cruelty to animals that would horrify any kind person. Live birds were slammed against transport trucks and walls, punched and kicked, hung by broken legs, and used as punching bags—all either for “fun” or out of frustration. One worker ripped a turkey’s leg off her body when trying to pull her out of her coop, and another crushed a bird’s skull with his shoe until her head exploded. Another worker swung a bird against a handrail so hard that her spine popped out. One turkey was even assaulted by a worker for “fun.”

Even though birds constitute more than 98 percent of the land animals eaten in the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture refuses to protect birds in its enforcement of the only federal law designed to protect animals at slaughter, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA).

Please, for the holiday season, if an animal product needs to be part of your meal, consider an organic, free-range alternative.

It would make me and our feathered friends happier.

  2 Responses to “Have a Happy Butterball-free Thanksgiving”

  1. I’m honestly not sure how they do this stuff (investigate these places) but I don’t think that goes for every Butterball facility. I respect animal rights, vegetarians, and PETA, but it’s a little ridiculous for PETA to assume that this is what goes on at every single slaughtering…uh…”house,” or whatever you want to call it.

  2. Well, I guess for me if it happens in one facility, it’s enough reason to leave that company’s products out of my lifestyle.

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