Is your Thanksgiving Turkey a Butterball?

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#1 Posted by nocoolnamejim (15136 posts) -
If so, you may want to consider taking it back to the store and buying from a different company. A hidden video has found workers at one of their sites performing acts of severe animal cruelty - and because I know there are some in OT who have a 'who cares about anything that doesn't impact me personally?' streak - ignoring and even bragging about the spread of maggots and diseases among their birds. Warning: Graphic content Hidden camera video
#2 Posted by Allicrombie (25117 posts) -
this is why Madden eats Turducken, isnt it?
#3 Posted by chrisrooR (9026 posts) -
Disgusting. And why? Where's the benefit in treating these animals this way? Surely it affects the taste of the meat, and more of a humane approach would be better for the Turkeys AND the consumer.
#4 Posted by jimkabrhel (15417 posts) -

Since I plan on remaining a carnivore, I tend to get local meats if possible, or get from regional sources.

I don't want to watch the video because I want to ignorantly enjoy my T-Day.

#5 Posted by Jebus213 (8717 posts) -
I really don't care. They kick, break there bones, throw etc. all they want. Happy Thanksgiving.
#6 Posted by xscrapzx (6388 posts) -

I saw the video and I agree it is disgusting. The problem here is not so much that they are doing it purposely or doing it to gain a self gradification, but because its a job. Like any other job people tend to get lazy, or lose focus on what they are doing, they become complacent. I think that is what is happening in these videos.

#7 Posted by Jebus213 (8717 posts) -
lol choose a vegetarian diet? The the creators of this video can go fvck themselves.
#8 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28010 posts) -
Not sure if I want to watch that video. I won't be having a Butterball anyways. The quality is about as low as it gets.
#9 Posted by Jebus213 (8717 posts) -
[QUOTE="sammyjenkis898"]Not sure if I want to watch that video. I won't be having a Butterball anyways. The quality is about as low as it gets.

Put a couple onions inside the turkey. Season and let it sit all night. Tastes great.
#10 Posted by xscrapzx (6388 posts) -
lol choose a vegetarian diet? The the creators of this video can go fvck themselves.Jebus213
Nothing for nothing, but really at the end of the day its about having respect for life. You may think a turkey is nothing more than a meaningless creature on this planet, but its providing you food to eat, at least they can do is be respectful to the creature while it is alive.
#11 Posted by m0zart (11562 posts) -

Nah I ordered a 20 lb. Kosher turkey from Kosher Express.

#12 Posted by Jebus213 (8717 posts) -
If my mom buys a butter ball Turkey for Thanksgiving I'll gladly post pictures of it cooking in the oven and sitting on my plate. I'll have the organs and neck bone on plate also.
#13 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28010 posts) -
[QUOTE="Jebus213"][QUOTE="sammyjenkis898"]Not sure if I want to watch that video. I won't be having a Butterball anyways. The quality is about as low as it gets.

Put a couple onions inside the turkey. Season and let it sit all night. Tastes great.

It'll still taste like crap.
#14 Posted by Omni-Slash (54404 posts) -
so are all butter ball plants like this or just these few asshat employees?....if it's system wide you have a problem..
#15 Posted by Jebus213 (8717 posts) -
[QUOTE="sammyjenkis898"][QUOTE="Jebus213"][QUOTE="sammyjenkis898"]Not sure if I want to watch that video. I won't be having a Butterball anyways. The quality is about as low as it gets.

Put a couple onions inside the turkey. Season and let it sit all night. Tastes great.

It'll still taste like crap.

Bull. It's tender, moist, and tons of flavor.
#16 Posted by Omni-Slash (54404 posts) -
[QUOTE="sammyjenkis898" It'll still taste like crap.

then you're cooking it wrong...most meats (unless it's just horrendous)...really come down to how they are cooked....
#17 Posted by nocoolnamejim (15136 posts) -
so are all butter ball plants like this or just these few asshat employees?....if it's system wide you have a problem..Omni-Slash
Last year they found another Butterball site doing the same thing. So, who knows if it is company wide, but that is two different sites in two consecutive years.
#18 Posted by m0zart (11562 posts) -

I usually avoid videos like that. I went ahead. All I can say is that I've seen much worse, but that if Butterball were still on my menu these days, I'd definitely take them off after seeing the video. The problem is -- I don't know if any standard brands of Turkey would be any different at this point. Applying assembly line methods to slaughter houses has had a very negative effect on the treatment of animals overall.

#19 Posted by xscrapzx (6388 posts) -

I usually avoid videos like that. I went ahead. All I can say is that I've seen much worse, but that if Butterball were still on my menu these days, I'd definitely take them off after seeing the video. The problem is -- I don't know if any standard brands of Turkey would be any different at this point. Applying assembly line methods to slaughter houses has had a very negative effect on the treatment of animals overall.

m0zart
I mean it sucks that they have to go through it, but I mean its mass producing, it happens in every other industry that mass produces something. Unfortunately this is a live creatue that we are talking about. I don't think there is any real humane way of doing it.
#20 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
LOL @ 'choose a vegetarian diet'. Though sad, I've seen similar films involving other food companies.
#21 Posted by metroidfood (11173 posts) -

Brining your own turkey is better anyways.

#22 Posted by hoola (6422 posts) -

Where in that video did you get that they were bragging about spreading maggots and disease? They mentioned it but I didn't see any bragging. But I guess you get what you pay for. Mass produced crap will be mass produce crap. Cook it to 165 degrees fahrenheit and bacteria won't be a problem. I always get my Turkey from a local farm. These turkeys from big companies probably have a bunch of chemicals and crap pumped into them.

#24 Posted by WiiCubeM1 (4727 posts) -

You know how they kill cows in the slaughterhouse? They hang them by their feet and shoot them in the head.