McDonald’s Corp. and Tyson Foods have cut ties with a Tennessee farm after an undercover video clip by animal rights activists showed workers stabbing, clubbing and stomping on chickens.
The videotape, which was unveiled by Mercy For Animals at a news conference in Los Angeles, depicts gruesome animal cruelty toward the birds at what the group said was T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, which was under contract to Tyson Foods, according to Reuters.
Tyson supplies chicken meat to McDonald’s, the world’s biggest fast-food chain, for its McNuggets.
Representatives for T&S Farm could not immediately be reached for comment.
“Animal well-being is a priority at our company and we will not tolerate the unacceptable animal treatment shown in this video,” Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman said in a written statement.
McDonald’s said in a statement it supports Tyson’s decision and “we find the behavior depicted in this video to be completely unacceptable.”
The fast-food giant said it was working with Tyson to investigate the situation further.
An investigator for the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office said the agency had opened an investigation into the farm and was working with prosecutors.
On the videotape, which Mercy For Animals activists said documented three weeks of animal abuse at the farm, workers can be seen stepping on birds’ necks, stuffing them in cramped cages and bludgeoning them with clubs.
“You don’t work for PETA, do you?” a worker in the video is heard asking the Mercy For Animals representative before repeatedly hitting one of the birds with a spiked stick.
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