Target: Gary Mickelson, Tyson Foods Spokesman
Goal: Commend Tyson Foods for discontinuing business with a pig farm that was caught abusing the pigs
Tyson Foods is the United States’ largest meat producer. The company has received negative publicity in the past for its tolerance of animal abuse and use of gestation crates. However, Tyson Foods has officially stopped doing business with a pork supplier that was found severely abusing its live pigs, suggesting that the company may be turning over a new leaf.
Tyson Foods has a lot of influence on the meat production community; many businesses that supply meat products to Tyson Foods gain benefit in terms of monetary growth from the relationship. Unfortunately, many large scale animal production businesses do not have the animals’ best interests at heart and are often caught severely abusing them. One pork supplier in Oklahoma, by the name of West Coast Farms, was filmed by an undercover animal rights activist, abusing pigs. The video, released by NBC, showed employees of the farm slamming piglets into the ground, putting their fingers into pigs’ eyes, kicking pigs and beating them with objects. A spokesman for Tyson Foods publicly stated the company was appalled by the treatment of pigs at West Coast Farms and they do not advocate for such behavior.
Tyson Foods stated that it requires responsible animal care practices from its producers. Upon the release of the video highlighting the abuse at West Coast Farms, Tyson Foods stopped doing business with the supplier and is ensuring the pigs get moved to a reputable farm. Tyson Foods may have a long way to come in terms of responsible treatment of animals; however, this instance offers hope that Tyson Foods is on the right track.
Dear Gary Mickelson, Spokesman for Tyson Foods,
Video footage of Tyson Foods’ former supplier, West Coast Farms, severely abusing pigs was recently released by NBC. The video is extremely graphic, showing employees hitting the pigs with objects; slamming piglets into the ground; sticking their fingers into the pigs’ eyes and even leaving some pigs to lie in agony, waiting for death, after being severely hurt. The abuse that the pigs at West Coast Farms endured is abhorrent and should not be tolerated.
Tyson Foods’ reaction was appropriate and is commended. Thank you for publicly stating that Tyson Foods expects its suppliers to treat animals with care, and does not advocate for this unnecessary abuse. I urge Tyson Foods to continue on the journey of treating animals raised for food with respect. While there are many people who advocate for a world without the consumption of animals, it is important for the companies that provide animal products to be aware of and against the unnecessary abuse of farmed animals.
Please continue to be a stern voice for the fair treatment of farmed animals.
[Your Name Here]
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