Both McDonald's and Tyson Foods are on the defensive after an undercover activist showed factory farmers savagely abusing their chickens.
The video ironically comes on the heels of a transparency campaign launched by the fast food giant in which they let consumers know about the ingredients and ethical nature of their food production.
The gut wrenching video is hard to watch. It shows factory farm workers harvesting chickens with a spike on the end of a stick. It also shows workers stepping on the heads of chicken, beating them with sticks, and forcing them to suffer as the die a slow death in a bucket.
The video was shot at T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, which was under contract with Tyson Foods, which supplies meat for McDonald’s McNuggets.
After the video was surfaced, the company released the following statement to FOX News.
Members of our animal well-being team are investigating, however, based on what we currently know, we are terminating the farmer’s contract to grow chickens for us. There are currently no chickens on the farm. We’re especially concerned about the inappropriate methods used to euthanize sick and injured chickens.
Matt Rice, Mercy For Animal’s (MFA) Director of Investigations, told Fox Business that “This type of abuse runs rampant in the animal agriculture industry, which seeks to maximize profit and minimize costs at the expense of animals, public health and the environment."
“The secret ingredient in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets is brutal animal abuse,” said MFA’s president, Nathan Runkle.
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“They are crammed into filthy, windowless sheds, thrown, kicked, and tortured by careless workers, and bred to grow so fast they suffer from painful leg deformities and heart attacks,” Runkle added.
This is not the first time McDonald's has come under fire for mistreating animals. Rice explains that a few years ago, McDonald's was previously exposed for mistreating chickens used for their eggs.
“A few years ago, we documented sickening cruelty to animals at a major McDonald's Egg McMuffin supplier, including hens crammed into filthy wire cages so small they could barely move for nearly their entire lives, rotting carcasses of birds left in cages with live hens still laying eggs for human consumption, and workers burning off the beaks of young chicks without any painkillers,” he said.
This mistreatment of animals is not only overlooked by the behemoth government operations like the USDA, but it's sanctioned and funded by them.
The chicken industry receives billions of taxpayer dollars in the form of subsidies as they torture chickens and pollute waterways with antibiotics.
It is no surprise that the government would overlook and even fund such heinous operations as Tyson Foods has put millions in the pockets of politicians over the last decade alone.
The mistreatment of animals will not stop with a government decree. It will stop when you quit funding it. You have the power to change things and it starts by using your dollars to cast votes for businesses who don't mistreat animals.
Buy food from your local farmers market. Only buy eggs from companies who advocate for the proper treatment of animals. Only buy organic. It won't change overnight, but every dollar you spend in support of humane and sustainable farming is a vote for progress and a vote that actually changes things.