“Boning” Gets the Boot


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On the heels of a Compassion Over Killing investigation of several Tyson Foods broiler breeder farms, which offered the first hidden-camera look at the cruel practice of “boning” – in which a dull plastic rod is stabbed through the nostrils of young male breeder birds to restrict food intake – Tyson announced that it was immediately ending the practice.

Following discussions with COK, Perdue, Wayne Farms, and House of Raeford also committed to stop “boning” at breeder farms. The practice is set to fly the coop, as more than half of the top 20 poultry producers in the US have confirmed that they do not use or are phasing out “nose bones.”

Meanwhile, COK continues to urge Tyson to address the root of the problem–that breeder birds are genetically manipulated to grow unnaturally obese so quickly that they must be starved in order to survive to sexual maturity.