Tyson Foods Responds to HSUS Claims
May 17, 2012 – Springdale, Arkansas – Tyson Foods today issued the statement below in response to Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) allegations, reportedly filed in a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that the company made deceptive animal welfare statements following the release of an undercover video taken at a Wyoming hog farm:
We’ve not seen any complaint filed with the SEC so it’s difficult to provide a specific comment. However, we will note that according to a new Humane Watch survey, HSUS appears to be deceiving its donors. The survey of more than 1,000 donors to HSUS, found that 90 percent were unaware that the organization gives just 1 percent of its budget to local pet shelters. After learning that the HSUS did not spend a majority of its funds assisting local pet shelters, 80 percent of the HSUS donors polled believed the group engaged in deceptive fundraising practices. For more information on the poll, use the following link:
As we have previously stated, we are appalled by the mistreatment of the animals shown in the video taken at the Wyoming farm and have discontinued buying animals from the farm. While the video was offensive, the mistreatment shown had nothing to do with gestation crates.
Let’s also make it clear that Tyson does not own, operate or have any contractual relationship with the Wyoming farm, which is primarily involved in providing feeder pigs to other companies not affiliated with Tyson Foods.