SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — An animal rights group said it
videotaped workers at a central Oklahoma farm abusing hogs raised for Tyson
Foods, and the meat company said it would immediately end its contract with the
Mercy For Animals distributed images of farm workers
striking pigs and slamming piglets onto a concrete floor. In one portion of the
tape, a worker is shown throwing a bowling ball at a pig, striking it in the
The animal rights group and Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson
Foods identified the farm as West Coast Farms in Henryetta, Okla. Phone calls to
the farm went unanswered.
Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said the company owns the
livestock and had contracted with West Coast Farms to raise the animals.
“We’re extremely disappointed by the mistreatment shown in
the video and will not tolerate this kind of animal mishandling,” Mickelson
wrote in an email to the Associated Press. “We are immediately terminating our
contract with this farmer and will take possession of the animals remaining on
“We’re serious about proper animal handling and expect the
farmers who supply us to treat animals with care and to be trained and certified
in responsible animal care practices. It’s consistent with our core values to
‘serve as stewards of the animals entrusted to us,’” he wrote.
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