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Hidden Camera Exposes Animal Abuse At Tyson Pork Factory Farm

November 20, 2013

Staff Reports --

Hidden-camera video of animal abuse recorded at a farm that supplies pork to Tyson Foods that is sold in Walmart stores nationwide will be released by the national animal protection organization Mercy For Animals. To view the undercover video, visit

"Keeping highly intelligent and social animals confined in cages so small they can't even turn around for nearly their entire lives is blatant cruelty," said MFA's executive director, Nathan Runkle, in a statement. "The time for Walmart to act is now. As the country's largest retailer, Walmart has the power and the ethical responsibility to help stop one of the cruelest factory farming practices by ending the sale of crated pork."

The video shows egregious cruelty, including workers throwing a bowling ball at a pig's head, and kicking, throwing, hitting, body slamming, and otherwise torturing pregnant pigs and piglets.

The disturbing undercover video, recorded at West Coast Farms in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, reveals a culture of cruelty and abuse at this Tyson pork producer, including the following:

Workers viciously punching, kicking, beating, and violently shaking animals and pulling out their hair

Piglets having their tails hacked off and their testicles ripped out of their bodies without painkillers

Workers slamming conscious piglets headfirst against the ground and spiking them like footballs

Pregnant pigs confined to tiny, maggot-infested gestation crates barely able to move for their entire lives

Workers shoving their fingers into pigs' eyes and hitting them with wooden boards

Piglets left to suffer and slowly die on dead piles without proper veterinary care

A worker throwing a heavy bowling ball at a pig's head

Mercy For Animals is calling for criminal charges against the workers involved in extreme animal abuse at this Tyson factory farm. The group is also calling on Walmart to immediately adopt new animal welfare guidelines, including prohibiting Tyson and its other pork suppliers from confining pigs in crates so small they cannot even turn around—something nearly every other major food provider has already done.

SOURCE Mercy For Animals

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