Tyson Investigation 2

New COK Video Uncovers Chicken Industry Horrors

‘You need to kill him?’: Tyson Food contractors caught on video mistreating chickens


Dec. 8 update: PROGRESS: Tyson invests more in plant protein. Urge the next step: stop rapid growth.

New heart-wrenching undercover footage by Compassion Over Killing (COK) exposes shocking abuse of birds at a Virginia factory farm supplying Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest chicken producer.

For several weeks, a COK investigator worked inside Atlantic Farm, a Temperanceville, Virginia facility with more than 225,000 birds crammed inside filthy warehouses. The gut-wrenching video reveals egregious acts of violence as well as the painful hidden horrors chickens are forced to ensure as a result of genetic manipulation for obesity and unnaturally rapid growth.

Though Tyson publicly touts its “Commitment to Animal Well-Being,” including the “internationally-recognized Five Freedoms” for chickens, behind closed doors is another story entirely.

“Our hidden-camera footage uncovers the egregious and systemic horrors Tyson allows its birds to endure behind closed doors.

It’s time for Tyson to be a true leader by tackling the most pressing issues in its industry today by immediately ending the genetic manipulation of birds for rapid growth and expanding its investment in the consumer-driven future of food: plant-based proteins.”

Erica Meier, Compassion Over Killing’s Executive Director

COK’s video reveals:

  • Workers violently kicking, slamming, or throwing live birds
  • A worker impaling live chicks with a metal nail at the end of a pipe
  • Birds run over and crushed to death by forklifts
  • Workers killing sick or injured birds by stepping on them
  • Sick or injured birds piled on top of each other in buckets, often with dead birds, and left to suffer and die
  • Birds unable to walk because of painful leg injuries or deformities related to rapid growth

COK has submitted its evidence to authorities and is encouraging immediate enforcement of Virginia’s animal protection laws.

Tyson’s Tradition of Torture Continues

This latest investigation marks the second time in little more than a year that COK has exposed horrific cruelty to birds within the poultry giant’s supply chain.

In 2016, a COK investigation inside multiple Tyson Foods broiler breeder factories in Virginia revealed similar violent abuses: workers punching, kicking, and throwing live birds, birds crushed by forklifts, and more.

The video evidence drove the first court trials for cruelty to chickens raised for meat, resulting in nine former Tyson employees being convicted of 24 counts of animal cruelty. It also prompted the company to immediately eliminate the barbaric practice of stabbing a plastic nose “bone” through the nostrils of male breeder birds, but Tyson has yet to address a root cause of suffering: rapid growth.

Take Action: Ask Tyson to Stop Crippling Birds with Rapid Growth!