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Hello Sailor, Goodbye Butterball, Fashioning Change

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• Admiring this recycled-cotton, sailor stripe backpack from KAIGHT. Simple, efficient, practical.

Fashioning Change is a really cool online marketplace where brands we all know (but who might not have the cleanest hands when it comes to sweatshops, toxic processes, and animal cruelty) are compared to ethical brands that offer a similar style or aesthetic. And there's plenty of stuff for us guys. Like the Abercrombie & Fitch look, but don't like their  induction into the 2010 Sweatshop Hall of Fame? Like Banana Republic or Calvin Klein's cuts but not their toxic chemicals? FC's "wear this not that" feature has even included some BraveGentleMan shoes!

• If you've been considering giving up eating animals, here's one more good excuse to kick the habit:  MFA’s latest undercover investigation into a Butterball turkey factory farm has led to landmark felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges against five Butterball employees by state authorities.

Additionally, Dr. Sarah Jean Mason, the director of Animal Health Programs with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, has pled guilty to obstruction of justice charges after admitting to leaking confidential information to Butterball and potentially compromising the criminal cruelty investigation by state law enforcement officials.

MFA’s undercover investigation shows that Butterball allowed a culture of cruelty and abuse to fester at its company-owned factory farms – graphically illustrating that the secret ingredient in Butterball turkey is criminal animal abuse.

Hidden-camera footage taken during MFA’s undercover investigation at Butterball reveals:

  • • 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;
  • • Employees bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars, leaving many to slowly suffer and die from their injuries;
  • • Turkeys covered in flies, living in their own waste, unable to access food or water and suffering from severe feather loss and necrotic (dead) muscles and skin;
  • • Birds suffering from serious untreated illnesses and injuries, including open sores, infections, rotting eyes, and broken bones; and
  • • Severely injured turkeys, unable to stand up or walk, left to die without any veterinary care, because treating sick or injured birds was too costly and time consuming, as the farm manager explained to MFA's investigator.

While MFA works to expose and end animal abuse at Butterball and other giants of the meat, dairy and egg industries, you can help by contacting Butterball, and by choosing a vegan diet.

Click here to sign MFA’s petition urging Butterball to implement meaningful animal welfare policies to prevent some of the worst abuses at its factory farms.