Disturbing undercover investigation prompts change at Tyson Foods
HENRYETTA, Okla. – After an undercover video sparked outrage over the treatment of animals at a food processing plant in Oklahoma, Tyson Foods announced that it is changing its guidelines for pork suppliers.
The group “Mercy for Animals” released video of workers punching, kicking, hitting and mistreating hogs at West Coast Farms, near Henryetta.
Lonnie Herring, the owner of West Coast Farms, told NBC News, “I was stunned that anyone could be that callous in their treatment of any animal. After viewing the video, I immediately returned to my farm and terminated the employees seen in the video.”
After the video was released, Tyson cut ties with the farm.
Now, the company is promoting new guidelines for their pork producers, including the elimination of gestation crates, which tightly confine animals.
It also ended castration and tail-docking without painkillers.
“Mercy for Animals” says they applaud the new recommendations but urge Tyson and other pork producers to go a step further by mandating those recommendations.