Target: Mark Herring, Virginia Attorney General
Goal: Pursue animal cruelty charges against former Tyson Foods employees who have allegedly beaten and abused chickens.
A graphic video has surfaced allegedly showing employees of Tyson Foods beating, throwing, and suffocating chickens in several factories throughout Virginia. The violent video, which has already generated public outrage, has also spurred animal control investigations.
The video in question was shot by an undercover activist and reportedly shows several instances of animal cruelty and abuse. Workers can allegedly be seen wringing birds’ necks, running them over with forklifts, and leaving piles of wounded chickens on the floor. Employees also have reported to have participated in “boning,” a practice in which a plastic rod is stuck through a bird’s beak.
Tyson has already taken action, calling the behavior “inexcusable” in a recent statement and announcing the firing of 10 employees shown in the video. Loss of employment, however, is not enough for these individuals. Such cruelty demands legal action. Sign the petition below and demand that these employees be charged for animal cruelty if found guilty.
Dear Mr. Herring,
I am writing to call your attention to a graphic video depicting multiple instances of animal abuse at Tyson Foods’ factories in Virginia. In the video, employees are allegedly seen kicking, punching, and choking chickens, and then leaving the wounded birds in piles on the ground.
Tyson, the nation’s largest chicken-processing company, has already fired the employees responsible for these violations but actions of such a cruel nature merit further punishment. These individuals deserve to face legal punishment for their alleged misconduct, and I urge you to immediately investigate this matter and pursue charges against these violent people.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Larry Rana