Ten employees of a Tyson chicken farm in Accomack were fired Tuesday after Compassion Over Killing, a Washington-based animal rights advocacy group released graphic video that appeared to depict workers beating chickens to death.
The video shows workers stabbing, crushing and stomping on chicks at a Tyson Foods contractor in Temperanceville, Va.. In the video, sick or injured birds appear to be killed, run over by forklifts or impaled on nails stuck into pipes, while dying chickens are thrown into piles of dead ones.
“You need to kill him? Hit him on the head, then kill him,” one worker asks in the video.
In a statement, Tyson said it terminated its contract with the farm and removed its birds from the facility. Ten employees of the farm were fired, the statement said.
Tyson also said it would conduct a video conference with senior managers at poultry facilities to “stress our cultural commitment to proper animal handling.”
Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns in Machipongo told the Mirror, “This investigation reminds us of the fact, repeatedly documented, that the chicken industry fosters sadistic behavior in its employees. It’s the nature of the business. Decades of investigations in the U.S., Canada and Britain have shown the same human viciousness we see here. Don’t wait for this industry to improve – it won’t. The one good, kind, compassionate, productive thing each person can do, and should do, is to choose food that is animal-free. A mouthful of misery is not heart healthy.”
Compassion Over Killing, an animal rights group, released video that shows the abuse of sick or injured chickens at Atlantic Farms in Temperanceville, Va.(Compassion Over Killing)