Everybody Panic: Butterball Says There’s a Turkey Shortage Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Although it could just be a marketing stunt, in which case, gobble on.

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Stuffed roasted turkey on platter.

Tryptophan induced food comas might be at an all-time low this year. Butterball (purveyor of 20 percent of US turkeys) announced that there’s a shortage of their larger birds.

New England grocery chain Big Y broke the news that Butterball cut back its turkey sales by 50 percent this year.

“We experienced a decline in weight gains on some of our farms causing a limited availability of large, fresh turkeys,” Butterball said in a statement. “While we are continuing to evaluate all potential causes, we are working to remedy the issue.”

Since the average Thanksgiving turkey weighs an average of 16 lbs, we should start hoarding our turkeys now, right?

Considering that the news only refers Butterball’s fresh turkeys, there’s no need for hysteria just yet. Families can go with the freezer option — which, according to National Turkey Federation spokesman Keith Williams, accounts for a whopping 85 percent  of the whole turkeys Americans eat for Thanksgiving, or just buy a different brand.

And of course, there’s always the overwhelming chance that this is a marketing ploy to build turkey hype. Kind of like that time that there was a “bacon shortage.”

Or, ya know, any time Apple comes out with anything.


Or, just leave the turkey alone, and have Curry, or Veggie Pizza for Thanksgiving... Why does it take the slaughter of a Turkey to make us feel thankful? I'm thankful to be alive. I'm thankful that the Turkey is (was!) alive. I'm NOT thankful for the unnecessary slaughter of life to maintain a dinosaur tradition.  Our ancestors had no choice but to slaughter an animal to survive. We now know better, and have choice. If your family needs to cause suffering to come together, perhaps your family is suffering in other ways too... Please watch Earthlings narrated by Joachim Pheonix before you consider driving to the supermarket to buy that carcass.


The holidays have slipped away from the general public and been completely bastardized by Big Business.   The traditional meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas both have been diluted by mass consumerism.  Read more about the War on the Holidays and American Values being waged from the trenches of Wall Street  at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-war-on-thanksgiving-one-turkeys.html where one Turkey gets his revenge for encroaching on the holidays this year!


@TorontoJer It's not about slaughtering a turkey that makes us feel thankful. It's about eating a turkey to celebrate American history. The only way to eat turkey is to raise and kill one. God created animals in this world for us to eat, sorry you don't feel that way. Curry has meat in it, i'm a Indian American, I would know. How about you maintain your vegan diet and let the rest of us eat turkey. You don't see me telling you to stop being a vegan.