Tyson takes action on animal welfare problem

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SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Tyson Foods reported two workers were fired and several other employees at a contract poultry farm in Virginia were suspended for poor animal handling. No details of the mishandling that occurred or the location of the farms were released.

The company became aware of the problem after learning of unreleased video depicting workers mishandling birds at some of Tyson’s contract poultry farms in Virginia.

“As a result, we’re taking immediate action,” the company said. “Two of the employees who clearly mishandled birds were terminated immediately. Other employees are on suspension pending a full investigation.

“We’re disturbed by these actions and do not tolerate abuse of any animal. We’re committed to a culture of animal well-being and we don’t believe the video accurately depicts the treatment of chickens by our employees.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Tyson Foods employees recorded the incidents while on the farms. Managers in Virginia were made aware of the video through one of the county courts.

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