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33 counts of animal cruelty filed against Tyson Foods and 6 Carthage plant workers

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CARTHAGE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

We have obtained the disturbing video secretly recorded by a Mercy for Animals investigator inside the Tyson Food facility. The video  was captured on hidden camera during a routine work day at the Tyson Foods Carthage location.

The third undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals since July, It appears to show footage of workers on the floor jabbing shackled birds then slamming, and punching other live chickens toward metal shackles.  

The lawyer for the International non- profit group called it animal cruelty. 

"Birds painfully shocked with electricity but remaining fully conscious when their throats were cut open," said Vandhana Bala. "And improperly shackled birds getting their heads ripped off while they were still alive and conscious." .

We obtained copies of the affidavits filed in Leake county Justice Court Tuesday against Tyson and the mega poultry producing company's 6 workers.

Thirty-three counts in all, of alleged acts of extreme cruelty, which the group claims violates Mississippi law. 

"We would like to see Tyson and the 6 workers documented on video held accountable," said Bala. 

MFA is calling on Tyson Foods to replace the live shackle slaughter methods with less cruel controlled atmosphere systems. 
These systems are approved by the USDA and workers never handle live birds.

Tyson foods has released this statement in response to the Mercy for Animals video:

"We’re appalled by the actions shown in this video and have been investigating a claim of animal mistreatment in this area of the plant since late last week. We have already terminated two of the workers shown in the video, who were clearly in violation of the company’s animal handling policy. Mercy for Animals has reportedly submitted a misdemeanor complaint with county officials over this matter, however, to our knowledge no criminal charges have been filed by any government agency. 

We believe proper animal handling is an important moral and ethical obligation. Everyone who works with live animals in our plants – including the person who secretly shot this video – is trained in proper animal handling and instructed to immediately report anything they believe is inappropriate. Workers are encouraged to report bad behavior to their supervisor as well as the Tyson Foods compliance and ethics hotline. " 

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