• Petitioned Tyson Foods

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Tyson Foods
President and Chief Executive Officer
Donnie Smith
Chief Operating Officer
James Lochner
Senior Group Vice President, Tyson Fresh Meats
Noel White
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Kenneth J. Kimbro
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Dennis Leatherby
Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Sara Lilygren
Director of Public Relations, Tyson Fresh Meats
Gary Mickelson
head of animal well-being
Kelly Pfalzgraf

Tell Tyson to Stop Torturing Pigs

    1. Petition by

      Mercy For Animals

January 2014


Progress for pigs! On the heels of a shocking undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals, Tyson Foods Inc., the second-largest U.S. pork producer, has just announced a set of new animal welfare guidelines for its pork suppliers that signal an important new era and direction for the company. These improvements will affect housing systems by allowing sows of all sizes to stand, turn around, lie down, and stretch their legs.They will also discontinue the practice of slamming piglets headfirst against the ground to kill them. Visit MFABlog.org to read more about this important step forward and how we are still urging Tyson to add more teeth to these new guidelines by making them a mandate, rather than a mere recommendation, for all its pork producers. On behalf of Mercy For Animals, thank you to the 369,000 people who signed our petition on Change.org. To take action for pigs, please click here to ask America's largest retailer to make the same improvements: http://chn.ge/1m5AHVv

For three weeks I lived a lie to expose the truth while working undercover at a Tyson hog factory farm in Oklahoma. What I saw was a living nightmare.

Thousands of pregnant pigs spent nearly their entire lives crammed into cages so small they could barely move. They couldn’t turn around, walk or even lie down comfortably. I saw pigs with open wounds and bloody pressure sores from rubbing against the bars of their metal cages or lying on hard concrete.

Pigs would constantly ram their heads against their tiny stalls or spend hour after hour, day after day, biting the bars of their cages out of frustration. These intelligent and social animals were literally driven mad in these hellish conditions.

I also saw workers violently slamming piglets headfirst into the concrete and leaving them to suffer and slowly die. Some of the piglets were spiked against the ground like footballs. I found one piglet still conscious and breathing in a pile of dead piglets. Nobody bothered to make sure she was dead before just throwing her away.

Piglets had their tails cut off and their testicles ripped out of their bodies without any painkillers. Sick and injured pigs with severe, bleeding wounds or infections were left to languish without veterinary care.

I saw workers gouge the eyes of pigs, violently hit them with wooden boards, and in one case, even throw a heavy bowling ball at a pig’s head. Such sadistic cruelty was widespread at this Tyson factory farm.

While this brutality and neglect is shocking, I think the worst abuse these animals endure is being immobilized in tiny, maggot-infested gestation crates. Animal welfare experts around the world agree that these crates are inherently cruel and should be phased out. In fact, gestation crates are so cruel they have been banned in nine U.S. states, as well as in the entire European Union.

Responding to consumer concerns, nearly every major food provider in the country, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Chipotle, Safeway, Kroger, Kmart and Costco, have demanded their suppliers do away with these cruel crates.

Major pork producers, such as Smithfield and Hormel, have committed to phasing out gestation crates, and Cargill is already 50 percent crate-free.

But not Tyson.

Tyson continues to torture pigs by cramming them in cages barely larger than their own bodies for nearly their entire lives.

Please, help me put a stop to this. Take a moment to sign my petition urging Tyson to end one of the cruelest factory farming practices by committing to phasing out gestation crates.

Thank you.


Undercover Investigator

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 300,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • shelley finley DUBLIN, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      These practices are insane and must stop. I would never support Tyson even if I ate pigs.

    • Samantha Burtch DUARTE, CA
      • 4 months ago

      If we produce animals for meat these types of thing are going to happen. The only way to stop this kind of abuse is to make the production of meat illegal.

    • Kate Faaborg PITTSBURGH, PA
      • 5 months ago


    • Patricia Wicker GRANITE SHOALS, TX
      • 5 months ago

      I am signing because this Cruelty is Horrific!!!!!!!

    • Brian Spector EASTON, MD
      • 5 months ago

      I started reading the letter to Tyson and I had to stop. It is beyond words


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