Butterball accused of abusing turkeys in 5 North Carolina plants

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- Butterball is again accused of abusing turkeys, just one week before Thanksgiving. The animal advocacy group, Mercy For Animals, says it has undercover footage of Butterball employees in North Carolina kicking, dragging and throwing turkeys at five facilities across four counties.  On top of that, the agency says the birds had open…

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The Humane Society of the United States suing more than 50 Pig confinement facilities for toxic air pollution

The Humane Society of the United States served notice of its intent to sue 51 industrial-style intensive pig confinement operations located throughout Iowa, North Carolina and Oklahoma for unreported releases of the hazardous pollutant ammonia. These facilities, in several of the top pork-producing states, were identified after The HSUS conducted months of research into an…

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NC Dept. of Agriculture under scrutiny after employee tipped off Butterball before raid

Shortly before an area Butterball turkey farm was raided by local authorities, the company was tipped off by a state employee. Dr. Sarah Jean Mason, the Director of Animal Health Programs with the state Department of Agriculture, admitted to investigators that she lied about the leak. Now a NC group is asking state Agriculture Commissioner…

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