Monday, November 2, 2015

Mercy for Animals video prompts farmers to retire

Thomas and Susan Blassingame have retired from chicken farming after an underground video by members of Mercy for Animals showed them killing chickens with a spiked stick.

The Tennessee couple lost their contract with Tyson Foods after Mercy For Animals made its video public.

Mercy for Animals has also done undercover videos at Canada’s largest dairy farm in British Columbia and at turkey barns in Ontario where birds were kept as breeders for the global company Hybrid Turkeys.

The Blassingame were fined $25 each and given just under a year of unsupervised probation.

Their lawyer, Steve Conley, says the couple could have won had the case gone to trial, but the Blassingames did not want to.

There is a lesson here for farmers: if it won't stand up to public exposure via video, don't do it.