Factory farming turkeys is one prime example of the unsustainable model of industrial agriculture. A recent raid on the Butterball factory uncovered horrific abuse of turkeys. Tell the CEO and President of Butterball that you will not buy Butterball's products, nor support its destructive and inhumane practices.
Stop the unsustainable practices of factory farming turkeys
Approximately 46 million turkeys are consumed every year in the U.S. that come from a factory farm. Butterball is the world’s largest producer of turkey: The company sells over one billion pounds of turkey a year, including one in every five turkeys sold in the U.S. and operates the world's largest turkey-processing plant at 675,000 square feet.
Butterball turkeys are subjected to inhumane living conditions. They are de-beaked shortly after birth and spend their lives crammed into window-less, unsanitary rooms that hold as many as 10,000 birds. These “farms” are breeding grounds for dangerous pathogens and bacteria. Recalls and food-borne illnesses are on the rise as a result of unsanitary conditions in factory farms and slaughter-houses.
Factory farms like Butterball are the biggest source of water pollution in the U.S., according to the EPA. Factory-farmed animals produce 61million tons of waste each year, according to the USDA, this is 130 times the volume of human waste. The EPA also reports that hog, chicken, and cattle waste has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states.
Human health is impacted in a myriad of ways by factory farming—from the waste runoff that pollutes local water supplies and threatens to contaminate nearby crops with pathogens, to the planetary issues of dead-zones in our oceans and global warming.
Eating factory-farmed turkey is a significant health risk both in terms of food safety and long-term health effects. As a result of these unhealthy and crowded living conditions, farmers must feed the turkeys a constant supply of antibiotics. Pesticides are also widely used to inhibit the spread of disease. Resistance to antibiotics is now a growing concern among many in the medical field and it is largely due to the amount of antibiotics administered to factory-raised animals. Not only do antibiotics come through in the meat and dairy products but they are also found in the manure run-off that ends up in our soil and our water supply. Eighty percent of all antibiotics used in this country are used on factory-farmed animals, according to the FDA.
Factory farming turkeys is one prime example of the unsustainable model of industrial agriculture. Tell the CEO and President of Butterball that you will not buy Butterball's products, nor support its destructive and inhumane practices. Boycott Butterball!