PETA urges Tyson to adopt new stunning method

09-09-2009 | |

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is urging Tyson Foods to adopt controlled atmosphere killing (CAK) as a so-called “less cruel method” of slaughtering chicken and turkey.

PETA, which owns stock in Tyson Foods, says it has submitted a shareholder resolution encouraging the meat products company to advance the welfare of chickens by phasing in a less cruel method of poultry slaughter.

Tyson is one of the largest chicken producers in the US. Since purchasing beef and pork producer IBP Fresh Meats, the company has become a giant in the worldwide meat processing industry, serving more than 90 countries.

PETA explains that with CAK, the oxygen that chickens and turkeys breathe is slowly replaced with inert, non-poisonous gasses such as argon and nitrogen, putting the birds ‘to sleep’ quickly and painlessly – and there is no live dumping, live shackling or live scalding of birds.

Restaurant chains Burger King, Popeye’s, Wendy’s, Hardee’s, and Carl’s Jr. are giving purchasing preference to suppliers that use CAK. Also, KFCs in Canada and grocery chains Safeway, Harris Teeter, and Winn-Dixie are already purchasing birds killed by CAK or have committed to doing so. McDonald’s also has suppliers in Europe that use CAK.

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist