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5 times activists infiltrated Tyson's chicken facilities

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Animal advocacy group Compassion Over Killing presents an undercover investigation into cruelty at Tyson Foods chicken farms. Video courtesy of Compassion Over Killing

Tyson Foods, one the world's biggest meat sellers, says it is now in the process retraining all of its live poultry workers on its animal welfare policies.(Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images)

Mega meat producer Tyson Foods says it is<span style="color: Red;">*</span>retraining poultry workers in the wake of an animal rights group<span style="color: Red;">*</span>releasing disturbing video footage Thursday of the company’s workers abusing animals.
The undercover video marks at least the fifth time in a little over a year that activists have infiltrated the company or its contractor’s live chicken facilities and widely disseminated the footage.
Tyson, which reported $41 billion in revenue last year, says chicken accounted for about 27% of its sales.

Here is a rundown of the incidents:
[h=2]Buckingham, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg counties, Va. (August 2016)[/h]This latest video, released by the group Compassion Over Killing, shows workers pummeling, throwing and suffocating breeder chickens in footage taken at facilities in three Virginia counties last month. The group says one of its<span style="color: Red;">*</span>activists was able to get a job with Tyson and filmed the abuse during his month working for the company.
In the video, a Tyson worker is caught on tape warning the undercover investigator that "you can't let nobody see you do that" as he steps on a chicken's head, suffocating it.
"You don't know if he's working for the animal rights," the worker says. "It is inhumane standing on his head and let them suffocate. They'll take you to court for that."
Secret video prompts Tyson to retrain chicken plant workers

[h=2]Lewisburg, Tenn. (May 2016)[/h]Video from the Los Angeles-based<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Mercy for Animals<span style="color: Red;">*</span>was filmed at a Tyson contract farm in Lewisburg, Tenn., and shows images of deformed birds, filthy conditions and sickly chickens that the group claims are bred so fast they are unable to carry their own weight.
The video shows birds covered in fecal matter, a dying bird covered in insects, and a front-end loader scooping up hundreds of dead birds and dropping them into a dumpster. The video was filmed by a Mercy investigator who was able to get a job at the Lewisburg farm from March 26 to May 10.
[h=2]Carthage, Miss. (October 2015)[/h]Tyson<span style="color: Red;">*</span>fired at least two employees<span style="color: Red;">*</span>who worked at its<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Carthage, Miss., processing facility after Mercy released secretly recorded video that showed the company’s slaughterhouse workers punching, throwing and pulling the heads off live broiler chickens.
The<span style="color: Red;">*</span>video<span style="color: Red;">*</span>captures footage of workers on the floor of the slaughterhouse jabbing shackled birds like they were punching bags and roughly tossing chickens against metal shackles.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>The hidden-camera video<span style="color: Red;">*</span>also shows an improperly shackled chicken missing the kill blade and having its head ripped off by a slaughterhouse worker. The group says in an affidavit<span style="color: Red;">*</span>that chickens were dumped on top of each other on a conveyor belt, causing many to suffocate and die under the weight of other birds.
Tyson fires second slaughterhouse worker in wake of activist's video

[h=2]Dukedom, Tenn. (August 2015)[/h]Two contract farmers in Tennessee who did business with Tyson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty after Mercy published video<span style="color: Red;">*</span>that showed the operators clubbing small and sickly chickens to death.
The farm produced chicken for Tyson that was sold to McDonald's.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Tyson<span style="color: Red;">*</span>cut ties with the farmers as McDonald's decried the activity in the video as unacceptable.
McDonald's cuts ties with chicken supplier accused of cruelty

[h=2]Dagsboro, Del. (July 2015)[/h]Mercy released undercover video<span style="color: Red;">*</span>of a<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Delaware facility, which they said supports their view<span style="color: Red;">*</span>that the company’s breeding practices lead its contract farmers to grow birds that live brief, torturous lives.
Much of the video at the Tyson’s contract facility focuses on what activists say are breeding practices intended to grow chickens larger and faster. In one scene, a plump chicken is unable to stand and tries to move by flapping its wings in the dirt. Another shows chicks being thrown from a box onto the barn floor and a chick's neck being crushed on the rim of a bucket.
Covert Dagsboro chicken farm video part of national trend

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