Butterball Does Not Treat Their Turkeys Well (May be Disturbing)

Besides killing them and shipping them to supermarkets, this video was released by Mercy For Animals showing turkeys being mistreated before being sent off to slaughter. The below video may be disturbing for some people, so if you don’t like watching turkeys get beat up, don’t watch. Just know that going organic this Thanksgiving might not be a bad idea.

Found on gothamist.com.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PRxNj3bbqyc]


  1. turfgrass64

    November 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    More left wing horse shit! What’s next ASPCA commercials, PETA advertisements, USHS Literature…

    • Pepper Hicks Coughing Fit

      November 15, 2012 at 2:09 am

      It isn’t really left wing…  Wouldn’t you rather eat a wild turkey from a hunter? I would. At least then the turkey saw day light and had an area to roam.  Are hunters left wing or right wing?  They are both, or course. Many environmentalists are also hunters.  If not a wild turkey then there are local farms with turkeys living out doors in a field, which is beter then caged turkeys… in my opinion

      • SkoobaDoo

        November 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

        @Pepper Hicks Coughing Fit As a hunter I agree but keep in mind that wild turkey tastes a lot different than a butterball. In my opinion it tastes better, but some people think it tastes too “gamey.” Also, sometimes you have to pick a few shot pellets out at the dinner table.

      • sidwasout

        November 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm

        @Pepper Hicks Coughing Fit
         Would you rather eat a turkey that was enjoying life in the wild, living free, then murdered by a hunter, or would you rather eat one that was killed after a miserable existence, probably longing for death every day?

  2. turfgrass64

    November 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm


  3. turfgrass64

    November 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    All that kicking must be why they’re so tender!?

  4. seamus98

    November 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    well, they must be doing something right, their turkeys are delic

  5. Foggy_Otis

    November 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I’m out!

  6. bamadusty

    November 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    This is why I only eat veal.

  7. Johnny_Post

    November 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I liked the Paris Hilton video better.

  8. Wallymet

    November 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Can’t the butterball employees get the holiday blues too?

  9. Scott From Jersey

    November 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Butterball abuse.. I was hoping to see Snooki punched in the teeth

  10. TurkeyLover

    November 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    That reminds me… I need to fix my rotisserie.

  11. HorrorFighter

    November 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    This grainy footage is even worse. May be disturbing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLJ1OJuUXfM

  12. fitzyMFNcent

    November 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Great! Now here comes a turkey shortage. Like bacon wasn’t enough!!

  13. boarsheadrob

    November 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    There’s def not a turkey shortage!.. Also, Organic doesn’t have anything tondo with how it’s killed. I’ve been to these kinds of plants, usually it’s pretty much on the up & up.. Just stay away from ‘mechanically separated’ meat.. Eww

  14. filler

    November 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    this is what Fez has been doing to Ron for years. bastard.

  15. madtowntom

    November 14, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    brine those fucking birds overnight in kosher salt and cook a 20lb bird,w/o stuffing for 2hrs, deeelish.

    • sidwasout

      November 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

       2hrs?  Why not just eat it completely raw, rather than partially raw?

      • madtowntom

        November 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        @sidwasout  the brine changes the molecular structer of the bird, trust me it works. i still use a meat thermometer, have done 50 of them this way, it works. but yes, i used to think the same thing.

      • sidwasout

        November 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

         I’ve brined, and can see adding moisture helping through steaming action, perhaps, but 2hrs for a 20-pounder just seems a stretch.  If it works for you, though, more power to ya.  I tend to smoke ’em, anyway, so I’ll generally take longer.

      • madtowntom

        November 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        @sidwasout must have huge papers

      • sidwasout

        November 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

         At first there was a problem keeping the papers dry enough, and passing it around was tiring.  Moved up to a six-tube hookah, and it works great.  I go heavy on the herbs, of course.

  16. SkilledDayLabor

    November 15, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Hey,Sherlock Holmes you realize they’re sending these birds to be killed and processed for food – right? Fuck those turkeys, everyday our elderly are abused in nursing homes how about you point your fucking camera there asshole. Put your energy into saving people and we’ll work our way back to Wildlife and crop animals – Cows, Pigs, Chickens, and Turkeys In that order.

    • sidwasout

      November 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

       Or at least let us eat the elderly.

  17. ranch

    November 15, 2012 at 1:05 am

    I’ll eat that dead bird in a minute….I don’t fuckin care…killem

  18. indpendnt

    November 15, 2012 at 1:08 am

    no butterball for me

  19. zero episteme

    November 15, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Just when I thought I was “in,” I’m pulled back “out.”
    Another Thanksgiving with the Celebration Roast by Field Roast!

  20. jerkstoresean

    November 15, 2012 at 7:28 am

    That’s just fowl

  21. WhiskyBiscut

    November 15, 2012 at 8:10 am


  22. Chris from Detroit

    November 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Who gives a shit?? They’re tasty as hell!

  23. LNozowitz

    November 15, 2012 at 9:29 am

    If I didn’t look like such a pretentious douche when I buy a free-range, grass-fed, organic, etc. Turkey, I might buy one. I blame hipsters.

  24. Scott_Chandwater

    November 15, 2012 at 9:35 am

    white meat, dark meat….I like the bruised meat

  25. TBVickroy

    November 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Organic and free range all the way.

  26. cal5000

    November 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

    The Suffering makes them taste better.

  27. Beer

    November 15, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Is this what fez has been batching to?…was that Russian

  28. DeathProof

    November 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

    You’d expect this from kind of beating from Tyson but not Butterball.

  29. AssWhack!

    November 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Whatever. Just make me a sandwich.

  30. edrooney

    November 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Turkey>bean curd.  All day everyday.

  31. edrooney

    November 15, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Be a vegetarian?  Giving $ to Monsanto is 100X worse than buying a butterball turkey.

  32. Bodie 406

    November 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

    who gives a fuck……Butterball makes the best turkey and if this is what it takes to make a tasty turkey then so be it…..

  33. bmqq316

    November 15, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Save me a broken drumstick.

  34. Ziggy Stardust

    November 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

    So you like turkey, but don’t want to see how it’s made ?

  35. Docintoxicated

    November 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Now show us what happened to the Natives, pilgrim on native rape porn is a traditional at my house. mmmm white meat stuffing.

  36. rexdart936

    November 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Its Turkey Gangland Style.

    • ThePittsburgher

      November 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      @rexdart936 More like Turkey Gangnam Style

  37. DeathProof

    November 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    “I will remember youuuu…will you remember me?”

  38. sidwasout

    November 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I always thought the greatest seasoning was a liberal dose of fear, plus a pinch of despair.  Then again, I like to tear the tails off live lobsters, and watch the cephalothorax crawl around the kitchen floor while the tail cooks.

  39. ray57

    November 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    those fuckers need a good ass kicking.

    • ThePittsburgher

      November 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      @ray57 Ya, those ass hole turkeys

  40. BAC 420

    November 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Nope, can’t do it…. poor turkey 🙁

  41. FLprodivider66

    November 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Starvin’ right now!

  42. Steve_in_Tampa

    November 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I’d like to kick the shit out of a peacock. In Cocoa Beach they jump on the hood of your car and scratch the paint with their talons.

  43. easzy8

    November 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm


  44. Linuxdood

    November 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    mmm.  turkey

  45. ThePittsburgher

    November 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Mercy for Animals……Really….

    • Amsterclam

      November 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

       The whole idea that someone might be concerned about animals being abused is just unfathomable to you, isn’t it? Just can’t wrap your mind around it, huh?

      • ThePittsburgher

        November 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        @Amsterclam Its a farm for food!

  46. FinkM3

    November 16, 2012 at 1:58 am

    there about to go get their heads chopped off. Who gives a shit if your throwing and kicking them, move it.

  47. FanBoy1

    November 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    AND? Butterball sucks…… I like a more chemically injected juicier bird myself.

  48. Jerry65

    November 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Fast forward to that fat little butterball bastard 10 year old kid walking around Disney eating a giant sloppy turkey leg! If I was a turkey, I wouldn’t want to end up like that!

  49. Pedro de Pacas

    November 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    What the fuck?? Last time I checked they kill organic turkeys too. I we suppose to cuddle with them before we kill them? They look delicious

  50. DJ Joker

    November 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Guess Fez would gather them up and send them to a big farm out west along with the deer.

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  52. VernaSeward

    January 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

    dear gloryfill God,such horiffic treatment to thos poor little birds,what in the hell is mankind coming to,such cruel sun-of – a -bitches,i hope people like that will rot in hell or burn in hell for the cruel treatment  of those poor little creatures,shame on humankind,but not all,i am ashamed to be a human to say the least