Warning: Some may find the contents of this video disturbing.
A graphic video exposing severe animal abuse has led Mc Donald’s and its meat supplier, Tyson Foods, to sever ties with a poultry farm that supplied chicken for McNuggets.
The hidden camera footage was obtained by Mercy for Animals, an animal rights group based in Los Angeles, after one of its members allegedly went undercover to work at T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee. The unnamed volunteer was able to record farm owners crushing the heads of live chickens with their feet and stabbing them with a metal stick that has a spike on its end. The footage also highlighted the filthy chicken cages and inhumane breeding practices that led to birds’ organ failure.
"We’re working with Tyson Foods to further investigate this situation and reinforce our expectations around animal health and welfare at the farm level," the McDonald's said in a statement. "We’re committed to working with animal welfare and industry experts to inform our policies that promote better management, strong employee education and verification of practices.”
Tyson said in its statement that the video doesn't reflect the treatment of chickens by the thousands of farmers that supply it and they are extremely concerned about the inappropriate methods used to euthanize sick birds.
However, Mercy for Animals claims that this type of abuse “runs rampant in the animal agriculture industry.”
The organization has asked the fast food giant to adopt animal welfare policies, including providing clean and big spaces for chickens and ensuring termination of inhumane breeding practices where the birds develop health problems, and to oversee the installation of video monitoring systems on poultry farms.
Watch the video posted above to see the gruesome way the farmers treated the chickens at the farm.