New heart-wrenching undercover footage by Animal Outlook exposes shocking abuse of birds at a Virginia factory farm supplying Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest chicken producer.

For several weeks, an Animal Outlook 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 endure 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.

Tyson’s Tradition of Torture Continues

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

In 2016, an Animal Outlook 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.


  • Washington Post: 'You need to kill him?': Tyson Food contractors caught on video mistreating chickens
  • Business Insider: Undercover footage shows chickens being kicked and impaled at a farm that reportedly supplies Tyson Foods
  • Delmarva Now: 'Hit him on the head, then kill him': Tyson Foods responds to mistreatment in video
  • Organic Authority: 'Systemic Horrors': Rampant Animal Abuse Caught on Film at Tyson Chicken Supplier
  • Delmarva Public Radio: Tyson Acts After Mistreatment of Chickens Revealed on Video
  • KNWA TV: Tyson responds to graphic video
  • 24 Brazil: Galinhas Exploradas Em Granja Sofrem Ataques Cardíacos E São Golpeadas Até A Morte
  • ABC47: Undercover investigation reveals animal cruelty in Tyson farm
  • Care2: Undercover Video Reveals Horrifying Chicken Abuse at Tyson Supplier -- Again
  • Kirschner's Korner: Tyson Foods Workers Caught Beating Animals Again
  • World Animal News: Breaking! Compassion Over Killing Releases New Undercover Video From Another Tyson Food Supplier
  • Greenwire: 10 fired after video shows cruelty at Tyson-linked farm
  • Care2: Undercover Video Reveals Horrifying Chicken Abuse at Tyson Supplier -- Again
  • Cape Charles Mirror: Investigation of Tyson Chicken Farm in Accomack Shows Workers’ Cruelty to Chickens
  • Eastern Shore Post: Clandestine Video of Poultry Abuse at Wallops Farm Spurs Outrage

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Tyson Exposed Again: Take Action for Chickens

Animal Outlook’s investigators shine a bright light into the darkest corners of animal agribusiness, exposing the brutal treatment of farm animals kept hidden behind closed doors.

Sadly, the abuses documented at Tyson are not isolated incidents. Our newest footage marks the second time in little more than a year that we have exposed systematic animal abuse within this chicken titan’s supply chain.

Thankfully, there are simple steps YOU — and each one of us — can take to make a difference for farm animals.