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Thursday, September 25, 2003

Tyson Torture Tactics - Knots of Fun 

This is another of the evil, sadistic
"amusements" certain individuals thought
was a good practical joke to play on new-
hires.

Simply put, they would tie the chicken's
legs together in a square knot, and I don't
mean by using a piece of rope. I mean that
they tied their legs in a knot.

In order to do this, they would dislocate the
chicken's legs at the hips and knees (hocks).
Then loop one leg over the other across their
stomach, and pull it tight. Then they would
break both legs and loop them back through
each other a 2nd time to form a square knot.

When the new-hire picked the chicken up and
tried to hang it, it would be total bedlam since
he could not get the legs untied. He would
have no idea what had happened, so he would
usually end up throwing it on the floor and
grabbing another chicken to hang real quick.
Of course, that would injure the bird even
worse. It wasn't gently laid there, but thrown.

I have picked up these birds before and untied
their legs. The bones inside their legs felt like
a sack of broken glass. They would usually be
bleeding in several places where the bones would
break through the skin.

I can't explain to you how it made me feel to see
something like that. I still had to hang it anyway
and hope its 8-second ride to the killing machine
was quick. If I hadn't picked them up and hung
them anyway, they would have had to lay on the
floor like that all night until they died.

This was a pretty common practice since they
liked to pull it on new people. We always had a
fresh supply of those.
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