October 13th, 2013: Deputies raid a Butterball plant in North Carolina after allegations of animal abuse. Shocking video taken by Mercy For Animals shows employees kicking and stomping the turkeys as well as injured birds with open wounds.
Sept 23rd, 2014: Butterball announces that it has received certification from the American Humane Association under the American Humane Certified program, thus verifying that “turkeys raised on Butterball’s family-owned farms meet or exceed the rigorous, science-based American Humane Association standards for animal care.”
AHA Pres. Dr. Robin Ganzert announces:
Butterball is committed to the welfare of the animals in its care, meeting some 200 rigorous, scientifically based standards ensuring … humane treatment and the ability to engage in natural behaviors. … We’re delighted Butterball shares our passion for humane care.”
AHA explains their American Humane Certified farm animal welfare program as being:
The first, largest and fastest-growing of its kind in the country, ensuring the welfare of some 1 billion animals on U.S. farms and ranches.