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Animal Well Being

Why Animal Well-Being is Important

We work with thousands of farmers every day to provide safe nutritious food for people all over the world. That starts with ensuring the health and well-being of those animals by taking care of them properly – treating them responsibly and with respect. It’s simply the right thing to do.

The values and commitment to do the right thing.

“We serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to us,” is one of our Core Values at Tyson Foods. Our commitment to animal well-being (PDF) helps us put that Core Value at the forefront of everything we do to ensure the needs of our animals are met, while providing our customers and consumers the quality food they expect. Click here to review the details of this commitment.

Working with experts who share our commitment.

Our Office of Animal Well-Being, established more than 16 years ago, advises us on animal well-being practices and oversees our animal well-being programs. We have a staff of veterinarians that oversee the health of our chickens and turkeys and company-owned hogs. Specially trained nutritionists also create specific diets for them. Our FarmCheck® program is also an important part of our long-standing commitment to responsible animal care.

In January 2016, we re-convened an Internal Executive Animal Well-Being team of senior leaders from across the company. The team is tasked with determining the composition of our external animal well-being advisory panel, driving consensus on new or innovative animal well-being initiatives, and gaining alignment on animal well-being practices across the company.

Communicating with you about animal well-being questions you’re interested in.

Learn more about some common questions raised by people interested in our animal well being practices.

Animal Well-Being Policy and Commitment

Find out more about our Animal Well-Being policies and commitment.

Christine Daugherty

Office of Animal Well-Being

Dr. Christine Daugherty leads our Office of Animal Well‑Being.

The team provides a range of animal well-being-related services:

  • Developing animal well‑being training for our team members
  • Advising us on animal welfare issues and related science and technical topics
  • Performing random audits at plants and analyzing the results of our own and third-party audits
  • Working with customers, trade groups, and producer organizations

Animal Welfare Award

Tyson Foods received an animal welfare award at the 6th Annual Chinese Veterinary Medical Conference in November 2015 for our work on promoting animal welfare.