Animal Cruelty Charges Filed Against Tyson Foods, 6 Employees

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Jackson, Miss. (WJTV) — Mercy for Animals makes it their mission to protect farmed animals. Since July, they’ve conducted 3 undercover investigations into the Tyson poultry plant in Carthage. That video may be disturbing to some people. It shows employees punching, throwing, and beating chickens. Vandhana Bala, General Counsel for Mercy for Animals, says some video even shows a bird’s head being pulled off, “Birds painfully shocked with electricity but remain fully conscious as their throats were cut open.”

33 affidavits have been filed against Tyson and 6 employees. Tyson has responded to the hidden camera video with this statement:

“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.”

Bala says that’s not enough, “It’s too little too late. This is the third investigation by Mercy for animals since July showing an ongoing and systemic pattern of animal abuse in Tyson’s poultry supply chain.”

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