Tyson to drop Oklahoma hog farmer as supplier after animal abuse video
Mercy for Animals has released a video showing abuse of hogs at a farm in central Oklahoma. The video depicts workers at the farm striking pigs, including one who threw a bowling ball at a pig’s head.
The animal rights group and Tyson Foods identified the farm in the video as West Coast Farms in Henryetta, which contracts with the food company to raise hogs, reports the Associated Press. Tyson spokesman Gary Mikelson said the company will immediately end its contract with the farm.
"We're extremely disappointed by the mistreatment shown in the video and will not tolerate this kind of animal mishandling," Mickelson wrote in an email to The Associated Press. "We are immediately terminating our contract with this farmer and will take possession of the animals remaining on the farm.
"We're serious about proper animal handling and expect the farmers who supply us to treat animals with care and to be trained and certified in responsible animal care practices. It's consistent with our core values to ‘serve as stewards of the animals entrusted to us,'" he wrote.