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Multiple undercover investigations by Mercy For Animals into Tyson Foods—the largest poultry producer in the world—have exposed horrific cruelty to animals, including birds bred to grow so fast they become crippled under their own weight, workers violently punching, beating, and stabbing animals, and birds having their heads ripped off while they are still alive and conscious.

 
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It made me sick to my stomach seeing hidden-camera video of animals being tortured by Tyson—baby birds crammed by the thousands into giant windowless sheds forced to live in their own waste for weeks without access to fresh air, sunlight, or environmental enrichments.

To make matters worse, your company purposely breeds chickens to grow so fast they frequently suffer crippling leg deformities and die from painful heart attacks and organ failure.

This has to stop!

I am writing to ask that Tyson Foods end many of the worst forms of animal abuse and neglect in its supply chain by swiftly adopting meaningful animal welfare policies, including:

- Providing birds with more space, clean litter, access to natural light, and environmental enrichments

- Zero tolerance for animal abuse and video monitoring systems that live stream to the internet to deter egregious acts of violence against animals

- Ending live-shackle slaughter methods in favor of less cruel systems that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by dumping, shackling, shocking, and slitting the throats of conscious animals

These are common-sense changes that would alleviate needless animal suffering.

As the world’s largest poultry producer, you have both the power and ethical responsibility to prevent horrific cruelty to animals.

Thank you.

Thank you for speaking up for the animals!
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At Tyson Foods, Cruelty to Animals is
Business as Usual

Bred for Pain

Tyson Foods’ chickens are bred to grow so fast they become crippled under their own weight and die in agony.

Routine Violence

Workers are caught on camera routinely punching, beating, throwing, and tormenting animals for fun.

Broken Bones

Violently shackled upside down by careless workers, many birds suffer broken bones and other injuries.

Heads Ripped Off

Improperly shackled chickens miss the “kill blade” and have their heads ripped off while still alive.

Restaurants Supplied by Tyson Foods
Cruelty Critics

Bred for Pain

Chickens raised and killed by Tyson Foods have been bred to grow so quickly they frequently become crippled under their own weight. Unable to walk without extreme pain, many die of dehydration at factory farms when they can’t reach water. Others die from heart attacks, organ failure, and other problems related to rapid growth. High levels of ammonia due to the filthy factory farm conditions also lead to severe skin and throat irritations, blindness, and deadly respiratory problems.

Abuse Runs Rampant

MFA has conducted multiple undercover investigations at randomly selected Tyson Foods chicken factory farms and slaughterhouses. Each time our investigators go behind the scenes at Tyson Foods they emerge with horrific images of animal abuse.

Palmetto Farms – Tennessee, 2016

Hidden cameras captured thousands of chickens suffering from untreated injuries, illnesses, and crippling leg deformities at this Tyson contract farm.

Tyson Foods Carthage – Mississippi, 2015

A whistleblower filmed rampant animal abuse while working at this Tyson Foods slaughterhouse—perhaps the largest poultry slaughterhouse in the world.

T & S Farm – Tennessee, 2015

At this contract farm for Tyson Foods—a major McDonald’s McNugget supplier—a brave investigator documented widespread animal abuse and suffering.

McGinnis Farms – Delaware, 2015

A whistleblower working at this Tyson Foods contract chicken factory farm documented heart-wrenching cruelty and neglect.

As shocking as it is, horrific animal cruelty and neglect is just business as usual at Tyson Foods. There are no federal laws to protect chickens during their lives on factory farms, and most states specifically exclude chickens from anti-cruelty laws. This means Tyson Foods is able to routinely get away with torturing chickens in ways that disgust most people.

Fed up with cruelty?
There are alternatives!
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Let’s face it, without vegetable-based flavoring like Buffalo sauce or crispy breading, chicken meat is bland and boring. So why not just skip the cruelty—not to mention saturated fat and cholesterol—in favor of delicious, vegetarian alternatives like these?

Gardein Chick’n Products

One of the most popular meatless chicken products on the market, Gardein (garden + protein) is perfect for vegans and ardent carnivores alike.

Simply Balanced Meatless Chicken

Sold at Target, this comes in flavors like Smoky Chipotle, Teriyaki, and Korean Barbecue, making the vegan meal opportunities virtually endless!

Tofurky Slow Roasted Chick’n

Found in the refrigerated section of your local grocer, this new product from Tofurky comes in several flavors and is super easy to prepare.

Boca Chick’n Products

An old standby, Boca offers a large assortment of vegetarian chicken alternatives that come breaded and crispy on the outside but tender and juicy on the inside.
Need more ideas? We’ve got you covered. Visit ChooseVeg.com for fun tips, delicious recipes, and more.
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