Video Showing Alleged Abuse of Factory Farm Pigs
This NBC News undercover video showing alleged abuse of factory farm pigs has resulted in Tyson Farms, the nation’s largest meat producer, terminating its contract with an Oklahoma pig farm. The video shows workers on the farm kicking, hitting and throwing pigs and slamming piglets into the ground.
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The video was shot by an activist from the animal rights group Mercy for Animals from mid-September to mid-October as he worked undercover as a farmhand at West Coast Farms, an Okfuskee County business that supplies pork products under contract to Tyson Foods. The advocacy group says the actions seen on video and witnessed by its investigator violate a state animal cruelty law, and are contrary to Tyson’s policies on the treatment of livestock.
Gary Mickelson, a spokesman for Tyson Foods, said:
“We’re extremely disappointed by the mistreatment shown in the video and will not tolerate this kind of animal mishandling. We are immediately terminating our contract with this farmer and will take possession of the animals remaining on the farm.”
The owner of the farm, Lonnie Herring, said that he “was stunned that anyone could be that callous in their treatment of any animal.” said Lonnie Herring. He further states that after viewing the video, he fired those employees seen in the video.
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