Butterball Workers Hit with Felony

A momentous occasion in factory farm animal welfare, as well as one that may cause a few people to reconsider the famous Butterball turkey at Thanksgiving.

The conviction is for a Class H felony. Other Class H felonies in North Carolina include breaking or entering buildings with felonious intent, possessing of stolen goods, embezzlement under $100,000, obtaining property by false pretenses, and hit and runs resulting in an injury, among others. Those are largely offenses involving property, which is predictable, given the status of animals and the national status of birds, who aren’t even considered animals. Still, even seeing the word “felony” thrown around with factory farm abuse is huge, and it isn’t as if those other Class H felonies are things you want on your record. If nothing else, this conviction shows that disregarding animal welfare does have consequences that at least some states are willing to enforce.

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