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From 22 December 2006 Issue

Former Slaughterhouse Worker Became Outspoken Animal Rights Activist

Virgil Butler, October 13, 1965-December 15, 2006

On December 15, 2006, the animal rights community lost a strong supporter and a good friend, Virgil Butler. He was 41 years old. Virgil first contacted PETA in 2003 to blow the whistle on rampant abuse that he had witnessed during more than eight years on the job at Tyson Foods. He worked tirelessly to expose cruelty that included blowing birds apart with dry-ice bombs, intentionally scalding them to death by the thousands, and breaking the legs of large chickens in order to fit them into shackles that were too small.

His testimony of slaughterhouses prompted thousands of people to go vegetarian; he received e-mails and letters of support from all over the world.

Virgil dedicated the last several years of his life to speaking out against the abuse of chickens and other animals. His passion and commitment inspired many people to advocate for animal rights, go vegetarian, and learn more about what goes on behind closed doors at factory farms and in slaughterhouses. He will be greatly missed. Virgil is survived by his loving wife Laura Alexander.

Virgil would have liked nothing more than to know that his memory was being honored by even more people adopting a vegetarian diet. Take action in Virgil’s honor today by taking the “30-Day Veg Pledge.”

Read Virgil and Laura’s Blog
Watch Virgil Talk about Tyson Foods
Read Virgil’s First-Hand Account of Abuse at Tyson

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