LITTLE ROCK — Springdale-based Tyson Foods said Wednesday it will stop buying pork from an Oklahoma hog farm that an animal rights group has accused of treating pigs inhumanely.
Mercy for Animals released a video Wednesday that the group said was made by an undercover operative who worked at West Coast Farms in Okfuskee, Okla. The video shows workers kicking and punching pigs, dragging pigs by their ears, castrating and cutting the tails off of squealing piglets and slamming piglets head-first into the floor to kill them.
Some piglets can be seen still breathing and left to die after having their heads slammed into the floor.
“We’re extremely disappointed by the mistreatment shown in the video and will not tolerate this kind of animal mishandling,” Tyson Foods said in a statement issued Wednesday.
“We are immediately terminating our contract with this farmer and will take possession of the animals remaining on the farm. We’re serious about proper animal handling and expect the farmers who supply us to treat animals with care and to be trained and certified in responsible animal care practices,” the company said.
Telephone directory assistance had no listing Wednesday for West Coast Farms.
Mercy for Animals noted in a news release that Tyson supplies pork to the nation’s largest retailer, Bentonville-based Walmart. The group said its investigation at West Coast Farms is its fourth investigation of a pork supplier linked to Walmart to undercover animal cruelty.
Last month, after Mercy for Animals released an undercover video from a hog farm in Minnesota that supplies pork to Walmart, a spokeswoman for Walmart said in an interview that the company was developing a new tracking and auditing system to help ensure that Walmart only purchases from farms that meet the highest standards of animal treatment.