Group claims video shows turkey ‘abuse’ at NC Butterball factory

RALEIGH, N.C. — A new video from the animal rights group Mercy for Animals was shot at a Butterball turkey hatchery in Raeford, North Carolina, according to a report from WTVD.

Editor’s note: The video may disturbing to some. Viewer discretion advised.

The group says it used a hidden camera to film baby turkeys being processed at the plant. The video purportedly shows birds being moved around on conveyor belts, being “thrown,” “dropped,” and “mishandled,” according to a news release from the group.

The group claims the turkeys are “routinely mutilated without painkillers and ground up alive in a macerating machine.”

Butterball told WTVD the company has launched an investigation:

“We are committed to the ethical and responsible care of our turkey poults and have a zero-tolerance policy for any animal mistreatment … Experts agree the video does not depict any willful acts of negligence or mistreatment.”

In 2011, the group released a video shot at a Butterball factory in Hoke County. The group claimed the activist witnessed “an ongoing pattern of cruelty to the turkeys” and Butterball employees intentionally committed “acts of violence and severe neglect.”