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Sunday, September 28, 2003

Tyson Torture Tactics - Twisted and Bizarre  

I figured I would wrap up this horror series
(thank goodness - this hasn't been fun to
remember and talk about - too many haunting
images in my mind) with a list of things that
happened through the years, but weren't so
common. The worst thing about them was
that they happened at all and show the depths
to which people can sink. Also, even worse, is
the fact that they could get away with it.

One night someone had the bright idea to line
up about a dozen chickens on the belt. They
were pretty sick and couldn't struggle very much.
He shoved each chicken's head up the butt of the
chicken in front of it. Since this action made for
such a tight fit, the chickens couldn't pull their
heads out.

We went back in there to hang them after a break
and I picked up the first chicken, not noticing this
because the chickens are stuffed together on the
belt so tight, anyway, They were still barely alive,
(maybe some were dead from suffocation) and
some other people hung some of them. Most of
them were bleeding from their butts, so I'm sure
it hurt them quite a bit. And it surely can't have
been much fun to have their heads enclosed in
another chicken's butt.

I remember another time we went back from
break and someone had gone in there at break
time when the line was stopped. They hung
about 20 chickens by their wings instead of by
their feet. When the line started back up, before
we could get it shut back off again, most of them
had run through the killing machine and had their
feet cut off. With no feet, they couldn't be rehung
on the line, so most of them got thrown in the
DOA dumpster still alive (and we all know what
happens to the ones in there). A lot of them also
had their wings snatched off by the killer and the
utility guy that ran in the killing room to pull them off.
Whoever had done this might have gotten in some
trouble for doing this since it stopped the line,
but nobody knew and he never got caught.

Sometimes people would intentionally hang chickens
by their heads because the guy on the end of the
line had to snatch them off and rehang them right.
They thought it was a great prank to pull. Usually
the guy on the end of the line would just hang the
feet without taking out the head because it was

Those were almost sure to be scalded
alive because the killer couldn't get to their throats
to cut them and the shackle wouldn't squeeze their
throats enough to strangle them.

One night a guy on the end of the line got really
aggravated and picked up a piece of pipe about
2 ft. long (a 3/4" piece of galvanized steel hot
water line that maintenance had inadvertently
left in the floor after replacement that night).
He started whacking the chickens' heads off with
it like a baseball bat because one of them shit
in his face. The heads would travel across the
room and hit the wall about 10 ft. away and just
splatter like tomatoes against the wall. He did
about 10-15 birds that way. It was the worst
display of loss of control I ever saw down there.

And, of course, there were the dry ice bombs I
have already mentioned. We will finally wrap up
this disgusting thread of talk. I am probably
even more glad about this than you are. But I
felt it had to be said. These problems still exist
because no one has spoken up about them.

Speak up about this and stop it, please. The Polk
County prosecutor's information is here:

The Honorable Tim Williamson, Prosecuting Attorney
Polk County Prosecutor's Office
P.O. Drawer 109, 600 Port Arthur St.
Mena, AR 71953
479-394-6173 (fax)

A sample letter can be found here.
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