A former chicken supplier for McDonald’s, T & S Farm in Tennessee, is currently facing charges for animal cruelty. The animal violence that got them in trouble was captured on camera by activist group Mercy for Animals, and can be seen first-hand in the video below.

Warning: The footage is graphic.


Thomas and Susan Blassingame, owners of T & S Farm, each face a one-year-long probation and $25 fine for their actions made while under contract with Tyson Foods, a supplier of McDonald’s chicken nuggets. 

Fortune notes that McDonald’s and Tyson foods have admitted that the acts committed by the farmers were inhumane. Although, Tyson states, “we’re committed to animal well-being but don’t believe this video accurately depicts the treatment of chickens by the thousands of farmers who supply us.”


Unsatisfied by the court’s decision, Nathan Runkle, founder and president of Mercy for Animals, believes this minor fine ($25 really is nothing) will not teach the culprits a lesson. He explains,

“Instead of allowing animal abuse to continue unchecked at its chicken suppliers, McDonald’s must act immediately by implementing meaningful animal welfare policies to ensure that no more chickens are illegally tortured for its Chicken McNuggets.”


With the introduction of McDonald’s first grass-fed burger in Germany, it looks as though the fast-food giant is taking the very first steps to serve sustainable, responsibly-raised meat to its customers. Hopefully, McDonald’s locations around the world will follow suit.

[via Fortune]