Animal cruelty is a major issue nowadays, even with large restaurant chains such as McDonald’s which make use of huge amounts of meat on a daily basis. This obviously means that millions of animals die to meet its needs. What matters most, though, is how these animals die.
There are many activist groups all over the world that protect and fight for animal rights in order to prevent having them tortured to death in farms, as , unfortunately, they often are. This is why major fast food chains such as McDonald’s cannot afford to be associated with such farms.
Therefore, it was recently reported that the company has dropped its contract with the T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, after the activist group Mercy for Animals took a video with a hidden camera. The video is extremely disturbing, as it depicts two workers at the farm who torture sick or small birds to death or kill them in horrendous conditions.
The group investigator who applied for a job at the farm said that the instances of animal abuse shown in the video were not the only one he had witnessed. Even the birds that survived were likely to die because of organ failure, due to the fact that they were bred to grow very fast. In addition to that, their living conditions were unimaginable.
The farm was contracted by the behemoth producer Tyson Foods, which is in charge of supplying chicken for the fast food chain.
A Tyson spokesman, Worth Sparksman reported that the company is looking deeper into the matter but announced that ” based on what we currently know, we are terminating the farmer’s contract to grow chickens for us.”
However, the company refuses to accept that this is the general treatment birds receive in farms all over the United States:
“We’re committed to animal well-being but don’t believe this video accurately depicts the treatment of chickens by the thousands of farmers who supply us,” Sparkman added.
Representatives of McDonald’s also released a statement in which they express their commitment to working with animal welfare. They said that the company is now collaborating with Tyson Foods in the ongoing investigation and are determined to make sure their providers emphasize the importance of ” strong employee education and verification of practices.”
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