November 24th, 2010
11:08 PM ET

Humane Society accuses top U.S. turkey hatchery of cruelty

Undercover video shot at one of the nation's largest turkey producers shows what an animal rights group calls cruel and inhumane treatment of birds.


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  1. Mmmm

    Hell to the no, I'm not giving up the turkey! I'm sick of you animal lovers treating critters as if they're little human beings. Bugs bunny isn't real you can kill the wabbit! You people have an illness and your numbers are great enough that it should be assigned a diagnosis code!

    November 24, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Brooks

      If you are attempting to bring intelligence to this discussion you are failing miserably.

      If you cannot present your argument without insulting a large number of people, you should probably find something better to do. Disconnect your internet and go read a book.

      With that said, why are we attacking the humane society? They are only doing their job and reporting information that IS valuable to the American people. I would hope that Americans were at least a bit concerned as to where their food is slaughtered and butchered, after all, you are putting that food into your body. I think perhaps everyone is simply quick to point fingers when a situation arises that makes them feel even slightly uncomfortable. Happy Thanksgiving!

      November 25, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmm

      Andrew, they(you) are complaining about the slaughter of turkeys for consumption. What-do-you-want? You closet veggies want everyone to eat stuff cabbages for thanksgiving. With all your intelligence Andrew, you failed to provide a "humane" solution for slaughtering turkey for food consumption...still waiting...waiting...

      November 25, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Susannah Thiessen

      A diagnosis code? Calm down. There is a more humane way to put animals to slaughter. Temple Grandin, who has Asbergers, revolutionized the way cattle is slaughtered. She is amazing, and her way of thinking led to changing the way the meat industry works. Do not hate vegetarians, it is a waste of energy.

      November 25, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmm

      By the way, I love my vegetables...the veggies are hatin' on the turkey eaters!

      November 25, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • ithink

      I think a lot of us who care about the well being of animals don't expect everyone to become vegetarian, but expect the animals to be killed in a swift and humane way, without torturing them. I'm not a vegetarian, but I do care about the way people treat the animals. The people that torture and abuse animals are not fit for society.

      November 25, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      I'll start by saying I am a vegetarian. With that said, I have no problem with other people eating meat. It's a choice I make personally and don't force it on anyone else. However, I do push for the places where animals are raised for slaughter and eventually killed to be humane & clean. This isn't just done for the benefit of the animal but for people as well. Would you prefer to eat a healthy animal that is killed in a clean, efficient manner? Or an animal raised in filth, disease, and eventually killed in a less than humane, messy, possibly unclean manner? The fact is, when you have people that don't care how the animals are cared for or killed, that means they don't care what condition the meat is in & you & your families are eating it. People should be demanding that the places their food come from be of quality.

      November 25, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |

    whats fun is to shot them in the head with a shot gun and watchem run around with no head..

    November 24, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmm

      Which one: the animal lovers? Or the turkeys?

      November 25, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Njoos

      *What's. *watch them

      Stupid recneck. Learn to write. Is that really a responsible thing to post on an article like this? No, it's not. Go away, please.

      November 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |

    i wonder how many turkey sandwichs the animal lovers have ate? and if they celebrate thanksgiving

    November 25, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmm

      Lovin' it, LOL!

      November 25, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Brooks

      Your argument is invalid. Thanksgiving is not about eating turkey, it is about celebrating thanksgiving for one's successful harvest and thanking God for His many blessings. It doesn't matter what you eat, the spirit of the holiday remains the same.

      November 25, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmm

      In America the turkey reigns, in Europe is called Lamb...being that said these animals are regarded as a sign of plenty to share among family, friends, and the poor. They are a sign if sacrifice and thanksgiving and celebration...Andrew buy you a bottle of good wine and enjoy the Holiday for we will be rolling on til the New Year!

      November 25, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    Did the humane society call the Gulf oil spill inhumane treatment of animals? Did "the society" choose a specific day, like Thanksgiving, when pointing out how cruel the oil spill is? If they did, I missed it. For every turkey we "torture" to death and eat, there are a dozen ocean going creatures the oil spill killed. It looks like "the society" cares more about turkeys than dolphins. Are dolphins edible?

    November 25, 2010 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. ***dude***

    Sure dolphins r edible and think how much stuffing you can get inside!

    November 25, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmm

      Awe dude! no eating the dolphins, they are known for saving humans in distress, and highly intelligent...they really see with understanding..,

      November 25, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmm

      Sorry, I love Flipper!

      November 25, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
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    November 25, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Njoos

      Whow cares? Really? DO you not care that these animals are being treated terribly? You're probably the same kind of guy that thinks driving after five beers isn't "that big of deal." We need a lot less people like you in this country, and that's a fact.

      November 25, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LOW LYF


    November 25, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. ***dude***

    Well, no wonder we're fat, we eat anything and everything!

    November 25, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    These unfortunate animals should at least, when put to death, be treated in a humane manner. Having their toes cut off and thrown into a grinder just because they are injured or ill is very heartless and cruel. What ashame. I guess we are no better than China, who beats dogs with a blunt instrument and skins them dead or alive for their fur.

    November 25, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. i rock

    Interesting is none of the customers said it was inhunane just a group of domestic terrorists even peta didnt whine yet. .

    November 25, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. RT

    These people should have their toes cut off and thrown into the grinder!

    November 25, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Veritas

    Theres a difference between humanely killing and living toture also how clean is this hatchery with a bunch of turkeys running/sitting around bleeding on everything when people hunt they dont shoot at the animals feet they shoot to kill theres a big difference

    November 25, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmm

      I agree the animals should not be tortured or disrespected just because they are designated for the table. But to say slaughter of animals for food consumption is inhumane is just plain cRaZy!

      November 25, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pam Schultz

    I don't put alot of stock in the Humane Society. I reported to them about horses that were being starved and they were of no help. Said that wasn't what they do. I'm thinking if it would have been a huge grouping of horses where they could have had alot of media they would have helped. I'm starting to think they are only into the big stories for fund raising purposes.

    November 25, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • shari welsh

      Thank-God for HSUS, they fight to protect all animals from ignorant, cruel morons !

      December 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yaka

    Stop using fly swatters, bug sprays, mouse traps, roach baits.. What a inhumane way to die. These poor little pests don't stand a chance. And if we don't stop using all of that excessive heat to do in bed bugs, We're going to be hearing from the Greenies about global warming..

    November 25, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. MikeVick

    No,no,no! These turkey processors are doing it all wrong. First you starve the turkeys until they are so desperate for food they will attack each other. The ones that don't fight need to be electrocuted or placed under an acid drip. Cutting toes off is totally unnecessary. Where are you supposed to attach razors if you cut off the toes? Finally if there are still ones that won't fight you grind them up and feed them to the winners.

    November 25, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
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