Humane Society Chief Seeks Seat on Big Meat Producer’s Board

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) owns stock in Tyson and dozens of other companies that use animal products so its representatives can attend shareholder meetings and submit proposals for improved animal welfare policies. The HSUS has been pressuring a number of companies, including the leading pork producer and one of Tyson's main competitors, Smithfield Foods Inc., to move away from use of gestation crates for mother pigs. Smithfield has announced plans to phase out the use of gestation crates at its facilities by 2017, and The HSUS would like Tyson to make the same commitment. 

According to the Associated Press, The head of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Pacelle, announced Tuesday that he is running for a spot on the Tyson Food board of directors in hopes of enlisting the country's second-largest pork processor in efforts to alter farms' treatment of pregnant pigs.  Click here to read more.