An investigation into animal cruelty:
Zack Beauchamp adds:
Even absent the extraordinary levels of cruelty on display in the video, Butterball turkeys live terrible lives. As Mercy for Animals reports, "Butterball’s turkeys have been selectively bred to grow so large, so quickly, that many of them suffer from painful bone defects, hip joint lesions, crippling foot and leg deformities, and fatal heart attacks." Contrary to popular belief, turkeys are both highly social and relatively intelligent animals. Butterball is the United States’ largest turkey producer, making up 20 percent of turkey sales year round and 30 percent of total Thanksgiving sales.