After shocking footage of the suppliers of McDonalds chicken nuggets was revealed, the fast-food giant has dropped their supplier.
Animal activists group, Mercy for Animals, shot the footage which shows workers at the Tennessee farm stabbing, clubbing and stomping on the chickens.
Reuters writes: “The videotape, which was unveiled by Mercy For Animals at a news conference in Los Angeles, depicts gruesome animal cruelty toward the birds at what the group said was T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, which was under contract to Tyson Foods.”
Tyson Foods who supplies McDonalds with the nuggets has also dropped the supplier. NBC News writes: “Animal well-being is a priority at our company and we will not tolerate the unacceptable animal treatment shown in this video,” Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman said.
“Members of our animal well-being team are investigating, however, based on what we currently know, we are terminating the farmer’s contract to grow chickens for us,” said Sparkman, adding there were currently no chickens on the farm.
Watch the undercover video of the cruelty to the chickens on T & S Farm:
McDonalds supports Tyson’s decision and wants to go ahead with the investigation.
McDonalds USA wrote in a statement: “We believe treating animals with care and respect is an integral part of a responsible supply chain and find the behavior depicted in this video to be completely unacceptable. We support Tyson Foods’ decision to terminate their contract with this farmer.
We’re working with Tyson Foods to further investigate this situation and reinforce our expectations around animal health and welfare at the farm level.
We’re committed to working with animal welfare and industry experts to inform our policies that promote better management, strong employee education and verification of practices.
T & S Farm has made no comment on the allegations.