Tyson Foods, one of the four major poultry producers in the United States, has recently been a major topic of media discussion for its alleged inappropriate treatment of animals. According to an animal support group, Compassion over Killing, the company as been repeatedly involved in animal abuse practices. Compassion over Killing has recently released video footage that shows managers and other upper level professionals who are employed by Tyson Foods eliminating chickens in inhumane ways. The release of the video has caused Tyson Foods to release several statements. During their latest interview about this topic, Tyson Food representatives have announced that they have fired the individuals who were shown in the videos and that they are not an adequate representation of the way that Tyson Food engages in everyday practices with animals.
In the wake of the Tyson Foods investigation, a major discussion has been sparked regarding the treatment of animals in the poultry industry. Because chicken is the most massively produced animal in the world and is consumed at a rate of about 80 million chickens per week in the United States alone, any reports of problems within the industry have the ability to create massive problems. Scientist have studied the poultry industry and the routines that they engage in to mass produce chickens. They have revealed several major problems within the industry.
One of the main problems in the poultry production companies is the amount of poultry that is produced in a given calendar year. The amount of chicken that is supplied to consumers is simply not able to be supported by humane systems. Because production companies are seeking to produce an obscene amount of chickens, and are developing chickens that are unnaturally large, it is almost impossible to meet company standards by raising chickens in a natural way. More information regarding the treatment of chickens in the poultry industry and the investigation of Tyson Foods can be found here. This investigation is ongoing and may not be complete for several months.