- Compassion Over Killing
- Undercover footage reportedly filmed at a Tyson Foods supplier in Virginia shows horrific mistreatment of chickens.
- In the video, workers stab, kick, and throw chickens. Birds are also piled in buckets with sick and dead birds.
- The organization has previously released footage that has resulted in industry giants cutting ties with suppliers over apparent animal abuse.
An animal-rights nonprofit released a new, horrific video of what it calls animal abuse at a Tyson Foods supplier.
In the video, released Wednesday, workers kick, throw, and even impale chickens. Sick birds are stacked in buckets and crushed as workers stomp them to death.
“Hit him on the head, then kill him,” one worker says in the video.
Compassion Over Killing (COK) says that an investigator for the nonprofit worked inside Atlantic Farm, a Temperanceville, Virginia facility, for several weeks to record the undercover footage.
COK has recorded a number of similarly shocking undercover videos at farms, slaughterhouses, and other meat production companies. In 2012, the US Department of Agriculture shut down a California slaughterhouse after COK released a video showing cows being abused.
Tyson Foods – one of the biggest chicken, beef, and pork suppliers in the industry – has faced similar issues before. In 2016, the company severed ties with a supplier after workers were caught on camera stabbing, clubbing, and stomping on chickens.
Tyson did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment, and we could not find a phone number or website to contact Atlantic Farm.
“The actions of these people are egregious, inexcusable and will not be tolerated by Tyson Foods,” Tyson’s president of poultry operations, Doug Ramsey, said in a statement to the Washington Post.
Here’s the undercover footage, which contains extremely graphic content: