Tyson to drop Okla. hog supplier after abuse video

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - An animal rights group says it videotaped workers at a central Oklahoma farm abusing hogs raised for Tyson Foods, and the meat company says it will immediately end its contract with the supplier.

Mercy For Animals distributed images Wednesday of farm workers striking pigs and slamming piglets onto a concrete floor. The animal rights group and Tyson Foods identified the farm as West Coast Farms in Henryetta, Okla. Phone calls to the farm went unanswered Wednesday afternoon.

Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said the company was disappointed by the alleged abuse and that the farm's contract would be canceled immediately. He said the company expects farmers to treat animals with care and to be trained and certified in proper animal-care practice.

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