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BREAKING: COK Video of Cruelty to Chickens Prompts Groundbreaking Trials & Convictions!

Animal Outlook

Aug 30, 2017 — In a groundbreaking series of trials and plea agreements prompted by Compassion Over Killing’s footage filmed inside several Tyson Foods broiler breeder facilities in Virginia, nine former Tyson employees have been convicted on 22 counts of animal cruelty. These convictions--the first-ever for broiler breeders--are a monumental victory in achieving justice for farmed animals! But we can’t stop now: Share our petition TODAY to urge Tyson to address the suffering of the nearly 2 billion birds it raises and kills each year!

COK’s investigation documented Tyson workers punching and kicking live birds, and birds being crushed to death by transport crates and run over by forklifts. The video, which offered the first investigative look inside broiler breeder factory farms, also revealed for the first time on hidden camera, the barbaric use of “nose bones”--in which a dull plastic rod is stabbed through male breeder birds’ nostrils to restrict food intake. Now, COK’s unprecedented footage has led to the conviction of a former Tyson worker for engaging in this cruel practice, among multiple other charges.

“Nose bones” are flying the coop, as Tyson and several other major chicken producers have stopped using them since the release of COK’s video, but Tyson has yet to address the root problem: This poultry giant still breeds birds to grow so unnaturally large, so fast that they are starved so they’ll live long enough to breed.

In a landmark moment for broiler breeders, these convictions are sending a clear message that “those who commit cruelty to animals will be held accountable for their actions,” as Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said. Yet millions of birds are still suffering in darkness at Tyson. Help us end this suffering: Share our petition ( and tag @TysonFoods on social media today!

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