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MessageSujet: turkeys   Ven 15 Mar - 13:56

march 14, 2013

March 6, 2013
Butterball Convictions Garner HLN Coverage
By Ari Solomon
Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy For Animals, appeared on HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell this past Friday to discuss the convictions of four employees at a Butterball facility in North Carolina.

An MFA undercover investigation at Butterball exposed turkeys being kicked, thrown, and horribly neglected by farm workers. It resulted in the first-ever felony charges for abuse to factory-farmed poultry.

During Velez-Mitchell's interview with Runkle, she noted that these turkeys were not so different than the dogs and cats we lived with. Runkle added: "Birds suffer pain the same way. ... They deserve consideration and respect. As a civilized society, we should not be subjecting any animals to inhumane treatment." Check out the full interview below:

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MessageSujet: Re: turkeys   Ven 12 Avr - 12:45

APRIL 10TH 201


Breaking News: Yet Another Butterball Turkey Employee Convicted of Cruelty to Animals
By Vandhana Bala
Earlier today, former Butterball employee Ronnie Jacobs pled guilty to criminal cruelty to animals before Judge John H. Horne in Hoke County, North Carolina. This conviction stems from a Mercy For Animals undercover investigation into a Butterball turkey factory farm in 2011. Butterball is the largest producer of turkey in the United States.

MFA's undercover investigation revealed workers violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their fragile wings and necks, and maliciously throwing turkeys onto the ground or into transport trucks in full view of company management. Workers were also caught on hidden camera bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars, leaving many to slowly suffer and die from their injuries. Video footage shows Butterball turkeys covered in flies and living in their own waste, and severely injured turkeys, unable to stand up or walk, left to die without proper veterinary care.

Watch the undercover footage here:

Today's guilty plea marks the fifth Butterball employee convicted of criminal cruelty to animals following MFA's investigation. In February 2013, defendants Terry Johnson and Billy McBride were found guilty of animal cruelty after a bench trial, and in late 2012, defendants Brian Douglas and Rueben Mendoza also pled guilty to cruelty to animals. Douglas's conviction was the first-ever felony conviction for cruelty to factory-farmed poultry.

"Due to Butterball's lack of meaningful animal welfare policies, training, or procedures, countless turkeys are subjected to horrific cruelty and neglect each year," said MFA's executive director Nathan Runkle. "Our investigation and the resulting convictions make clear that the secret ingredient in Butterball turkeys is criminal animal abuse."

The best thing consumers can do to reject cruelty to farmed animals is to ditch Butterball turkey, and all animal products, by adopting a healthy and compassionate, vegan diet.
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MessageSujet: Re: turkeys   Lun 22 Avr - 12:43

April 17, 2013
FDA Shocker: Eighty-One Percent of Ground Turkey Contains Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
By Ari Solomon
A new report released by the Food and Drug Administration revealed that of all the raw, ground turkey the FDA tested, a whopping 81% was tainted with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In more alarming news, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System claims that its own tests determined that antibiotic-resistant bacteria was present in 69% of pork chops, 55% of ground beef, and 39% of chicken.

Scientists agree that this proliferation of superbugs is the result of antibiotic overuse on factory farms. In fact, the Pew Charitable Trusts concluded that in the United States, 80% of all antibiotics used are given to farmed animals. While these drugs are sometimes used to prevent and treat illness in farmed animals, low doses of antibiotics are also administered to make animals grow more quickly and to compensate for unhygienic conditions. These low doses are non-lethal and allow bacteria to mutate and become resistant.

Dawn Undurraga, a nutritionist who works with the Environmental Working Group, asserts that our consumption of meat is adding to the "post-antibiotic era"--a time in which antibiotics will no longer be effective in curing diseases because too many microbes have developed a resistance to them.

Imagining a world in which common infections like strep throat are not easily treatable is deeply disturbing. The best way to ensure that antibiotics aren't being misused on factory farms is to boycott animal-based foods altogether.

For a glimpse of the filthy and inhumane conditions endured by animals on factory farms, click here. To learn how to transition to a healthy, compassionate, vegan diet, visit
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MessageSujet: Re: turkeys   Lun 22 Avr - 12:50

april 22 2013

What government tests found in your meat
By Jen Christensen, CNN
April 16, 2013 -- Updated 1536 GMT (2336 HKT)

If you become ill from antibiotic-resistant bacteria, doctors have fewer drug options to treat you.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in raw meat
A microbiologist notes the levels are low
More than 31 million pounds of antibiotics are sold for animal use
(CNN) -- When you shop for turkey burgers for dinner tonight, you may be buying more than meat.
A recently released report from Food and Drug Administration found that of all the raw ground turkey tested, 81% was contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Also, according to the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, or NARMS, Retail Meat Annual Report, ground turkey wasn't the only problem. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria were found in some 69% of pork chops, 55% of ground beef and 39% of chicken.
In the meat NARMS tested, scientists found significant amounts of salmonella and Campylobacter -- bacteria that cause millions of cases of food poisoning a year.
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Of the chicken tested, 53% was tainted with an antibiotic-resistant form of E.coli, the report said.
Certain strains of E.coli can cause urinary tract infections, pneumonia and other illnesses. Antibiotic resistance means if you were to become ill, doctors would have fewer drug options to treat you.
New push to reduce antibiotic use in farm animals
Antibiotics are used in livestock to prevent disease, but they are also used as a protectant and to help growth. Some 29.9 million pounds of antibiotics were sold in 2011 for meat and poultry production, compared with the 7.7 million sold for human use, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, and that number has been on the rise.
"Antibiotic use in animals is out of hand," said Dr. Gail Hansen, a veterinarian and senior officer for the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, a project aimed at phasing out overuse of antibiotics in food production.
"We feed antibiotics to sick animals, which is completely appropriate, but we also put antibiotics in their feed and in their water to help them grow faster and to compensate for unhygienic conditions. If you have to keep the animals healthy with drugs, I would argue you need to re-examine the system. You don't take antibiotics preventively when you go out into the world."
CDC: 'Nightmare bacteria' spreading
Dawn Undurraga, a nutritionist who works with the Environmental Working Group, an organization that released its own analysis of the report Monday, would agree.
Undurraga is particularly concerned about the NARMS findings because it means the consumption of meat is adding to what the director-general of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, last year called a "post-antibiotic era" in which antibiotics will no longer work to fight disease because too many bacteria have developed resistance to it.
"While we are always concerned when we see antimicrobial resistance, we believe the EWG report oversimplifies the NARMS data," FDA spokesman Jalil Isa said in an e-mail, adding the report "does not take into account the differences in the public health importance of different bacteria and antibiotics."
The Environmental Working Group would like the FDA to regulate antibiotic use in meat better. Currently, the FDA only offers suggested guidelines, according to the group.
"We need to end usage for growth promotion and feed efficiency and think about what we are doing for the long term," Undurraga said. "We also need more data."
However, Isa said, that the "FDA believes that these drugs are important for the prevention, control and treatment of disease in animals. It is the nonjudicious use -- for growth promotion and feed efficiency -- that concerns FDA."
The agency recommends that use of "medically important antimicrobial drugs" in food-producing animals be restricted to situations where they are necessary to ensure animal health, and used under veterinary supervision, Isa said.
Working with the industry in a "collaborative approach is the quickest way to achieve the greatest degree of public health protection, and it does not prevent FDA from issuing regulations in the future, if the agency finds it necessary."
Currently, the law tracks only how many antibiotics are sold; it does not mandate data collection on how many animals are given the drugs or how much. Without that information, it is hard to know where antibiotics are used.
The American Meat Institute noted in a statement that bacteria on meat and poultry products are declining.
"The industry's shift away from the use of antibiotics for growth promotion at the request of the (FDA) last year should provide further reassurance that we are committed to meeting government and customer expectations and to producing meat and poultry products that are as safe as we can make them," said spokeswoman Janet Riley.
The American Health Institute, the association that represents large agriculture and pharmaceutical industries, supports the NARMS monitoring program as "it provides an important early warning system on the potential for the emergence of antibiotic resistance bacteria," said Ron Phillips, vice president for legislative and public affairs, in an e-mail.
"NARMS is comprised of three arms that track resistant bacteria in humans, animals and retail meat. Based on historic data, there have been no discernible trends or patterns found between antibiotic resistance and the numbers reported in each group."
Mike Doyle, a microbiologist with the University of Georgia and the director for the university's Center for Food Safety, said, "We need to put these tests in perspective. It's no surprise that you would find salmonella and Campylobacter and E. coli, but if you look at the numbers, these are low levels and in the case of salmonella, for instance, we are seeing a decrease in multidrug-resistant strains in humans."
Doyle said farmers should use fewer antibiotics with their livestock, which he believes has happened over the past few years. "I predict within the next five years, the concept of using antibiotics as a prophylactic with animals is not going to continue."
Federal safety guidelines suggest handling meat with care. Thorough cooking can kill bacteria, and washing your hands before and after touching meat can prevent the spread of disease.
"My husband teases me that I'm too vigilant when I buy turkey and put it in a plastic bag and put it on the bottom shelf of the grocery cart, away from everything else," Undurraga said.
But, she noted, studies have shown a risk factor for salmonella in children riding in shopping carts near raw meat or poultry. "I think you can't be too careful," she said.
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