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Mercy For Animals knows that the abuse of animals and the oppression of factory farm workers are interconnected. We must dismantle all aspects of the cruel meat industry and stand up for everyone who suffers at its hands—especially during a pandemic.

 

Slaughterhouses are COVID-19 hotspots, with more than 30,000 cases and 100 deaths. Employees of Tyson, the largest U.S. poultry producer, have tested positive for COVID-19 at twice the rate of Tyson’s competitors, yet Tyson has failed to take necessary protective measures.

 

Tyson endangers workers—and animals—by seeking chicken slaughter-line rates of up to 175 birds per minute, even during the pandemic. Such high-speed lines often force workers to stand elbow to elbow, making social distancing impossible.

 

It doesn’t have to be this way. Use your voice to urge Tyson to prioritize the protection of workers and animals (see full list of demands below).

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Take Action Against Tyson

Fill out the form to let Tyson executives know that you want them to prioritize workers and animals by providing personal protective equipment, guaranteeing paid leave for workers sickened by or exposed to COVID-19, and slowing slaughter lines.

Urgent action needed

Our full list of demands:

  • Provide paid leave for workers who test positive for COVID-19 and workers who were in close contact with them.
  • Supply personal protective equipment, including new respirators, to all production workers at the beginning of every shift.
  • Conduct appropriate fit testing and training on proper donning and doffing procedures in languages workers understand.
  • Enforce physical distancing and slow down lines for poultry, swine, and cattle, even if a line-speed waiver has been granted.
  • Make daily testing available for workers and their communities.
  • Publicly disclose all COVID-19 cases.
  • Stop all efforts to attain line-speed waivers for any species.
  • Respect workers' ILO-affirmed rights to freedom of association, unionizing, and collective bargaining.
  • Implement systems and policies to protect workers from retaliation and encourage workplace safety and risk reporting, including reporting mechanisms and employee training.
  • Eliminate the point system that results in unfair firing for missed shifts.
  • Commit to ending live-shackle slaughter and transitioning to controlled-atmosphere stunning for all poultry.