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A Petition to Butterball CEO Rod Brenneman, Kari Lindell, Director of Retail Marketing

A message from the leader of Organic Consumers Association...

Butterball turkey

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Did you know that the majority of holiday turkeys destined for your table can't fly or walk because they were kept in tight spaces and continuously fed antibiotics to make them fat?

Did you also know that your Butterball turkey could actually make you sick?

Scientists have determined that the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in turkey feed is producing antibiotic-resistant bugs. And those bugs are turning up in turkey meat.

Even scarier? It's getting harder to treat humans and animals for diseases because of over-exposure to antibiotics from eating meat and poultry. People sickened by these bacteria (superbugs) increasingly need to try several antibiotics before one succeeds. It's only a matter of time before none of these antibiotics will be effective in treating human illness.

Why feed turkeys antibiotics? One reason. Profit. Butterball wants to create bigger turkeys as fast as possible. And as cheaply as possible. So the company can make more money.

But while Butterball counts its money, you get sick. And the general public faces an increased risk of the spread of dangerous infections that no longer respond to antibiotics, because the overuse of those antibiotics has made us resistant to them.

(1) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-wartman/turkey-thanksgiving_b_1088059.html





Antibiotics are for sick people, not for healthy food. Please sign the petition. Ask Butterball to change the way it produces holiday turkeys.

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