McDonald's, Tyson Foods drop farm after videotape shows animal cruelty
By Jonathan Tolliver and Dan Whitcomb
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp and Tyson Foods both severed ties on Thursday with a Tennessee farm where workers were seen stabbing, clubbing and stomping on chickens in an undercover video shot by animal rights activists.
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 (TSN.N: Quote).
Tyson supplies chicken meat to McDonald's (MCD.N: Quote), 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.
"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," said Sparkman, adding there were currently no chickens on the farm.
McDonald's said in a statement it supported 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. Continued...