Tyson Foods is being slammed after a stomach-turning undercover video showed slaughterhouse workers callously torturing live chickens, including ripping off their heads, punching, throwing, and beating the frightened animals for fun.
Actress Candice Bergen has teamed up with Mercy For Animals to expose the horrific animal abuse uncovered at Tyson Foods, a major supplier of chicken to McDonald’s, KFC and Chick-fil-A. This means if you eat chicken from these fast food outlets, your meal was likely tortured and terrified before reaching your plate.
Tyson Foods Inc. and six of its slaughterhouse workers have been charged with 33 counts of criminal animal cruelty after being caught on hidden camera torturing animals. In the graphic and disturbing video, Bergen urges Tyson to stop sadistic animal abuse, such as the following scenes caught on tape:
- Birds painfully shocked with electricity but remaining fully conscious when their throats are cut open.
- Improperly shackled birds getting their heads ripped off while they are still alive and conscious.
- Chickens dumped on top of each other on a conveyor belt, causing many to suffocate under the weight of other birds.
- Workers punching, throwing, beating, pushing, and otherwise tormenting animals for fun.
“If you eat chicken from Tyson Foods, you may unknowingly be supporting some of the worst animal abuse imaginable,” Candice Bergen pleaded in a statement Oct. 28. “Please join me in calling on Tyson Foods to adopt systems that would eliminate the needless suffering of animals.”
The latest video, shot at Tyson Foods’ slaughterhouse near Carthage, Mississippi, is from the third undercover investigation by Mercy for Animals has conducted since July 2015 exposing the sick, systemic animal abuse at Tyson Foods’ poultry supply chain.
“Mercy For Animals is asking Tyson to replace live-shackle slaughter methods with less cruel controlled atmosphere systems that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by shackling, shocking, and slitting the throats of conscious animals,” MFA said in a statement. “With these systems, already approved for use by the USDA, workers never handle live birds.”
In response, Tyson Foods said it has fired two of the workers, calling the undercover videos appalling:
“We’re appalled by the actions shown in this video and have been investigating a claim of animal mistreatment in this area of the plant since late last week. We have already terminated two of the workers shown in the video, who were clearly in violation of the company’s animal handling policy. Mercy for Animals has reportedly submitted a misdemeanor complaint with county officials over this matter, however, to our knowledge no criminal charges have been filed by any government agency.
We believe proper animal handling is an important moral and ethical obligation. Everyone who works with live animals in our plants – including the person who secretly shot this video – is trained in proper animal handling and instructed to immediately report anything they believe is inappropriate. Workers are encouraged to report bad behavior to their supervisor as well as the Tyson Foods compliance and ethics hotline.”