Tyson, please adopt controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK) immediately

PETA's investigator repeatedly expressed concern to plant supervisors about the treatment of the chickens, but his complaints were ignored. We petition you to use controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK), a process that replaces oxygen in the air with an inert gas such as nitrogen—which already makes up 78 percent of the air we breathe—masking the lack of oxygen and putting the birds to sleep quickly and painlessly.
From December 2004 through February 2005, a PETA undercover
investigator worked on the slaughter line of a Tyson Foods chicken
processing plant in Heflin, Alabama. Using a hidden camera, he
documented the treatment of the more than 100,000 chickens killed every
day in the plant.

What the investigator saw was truly horrifying. Birds
were frequently mutilated by throat-cutting machines that didn't work
properly; one bird had her skin torn entirely off her chest. Workers
were instructed to rip the heads off birds who had missed the
throat-cutting machines, and our investigator was told not to stop the
line for missed birds. Plant employees were seen throwing dying birds
around just for fun.

PETA's investigator also witnessed numerous birds who were scalded
alive in the feather-removal tank while they were still conscious and
able to feel pain. Plant managers told him that it was acceptable for
40 animals per shift to be scalded alive, and no one was reprimanded
when far more than 40 birds suffered this fate during any given shift.

PETA's investigator repeatedly expressed concern to plant supervisors
about the treatment of the chickens, but his complaints were ignored.

Sadly, all these abuses were entirely preventable. In 2003, PETA first
contacted Tyson about a new chicken slaughter technology known as controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK),
a process that replaces oxygen in the air with an inert gas such as
nitrogen—which already makes up 78 percent of the air we
breathe—masking the lack of oxygen and putting the birds to sleep
quickly and painlessly. CAK would have eliminated all the cruelty that
took place in all these investigations, from mutilation by the cutting
machine to live scalding, because the birds would have been killed much
earlier in the slaughter process and would not have been handled by the
workers until they were dead.

We petition you to use controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK), a process that replaces oxygen in the air with an inert gas such as nitrogen—which already makes up 78 percent of the air we breathe—masking the lack of oxygen and putting the birds to sleep quickly and painlessly.

Regards,


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