Our Commitment to Animal Care
My welfare team is made up of Animal Well-Being Specialists that not only do internal audits of our facilities but serve as a resource for the Live Operations Team to provide service, assistance and expertise when asked about welfare. And, because anyone that works around live animals must be trained in advance, my team also participates in a lot of employee training. This team, both in Poultry and Fresh Meats (which includes our beef and pork operations), were the first to be certified as Internal Auditors by PAACO, the Professional Animal Audit Certification Organization. The experience they had, coupled with the continuous education required of them annually to keep their certification, makes them a robust and unique resource for animal welfare across our entire company. No other food company has committed this level of accountability or dedicated as much human capital as Tyson Foods.
Tyson Foods made an important move to drive welfare when in 2012 it introduced our FarmCheck® program, an on-farm animal welfare auditing program. Although the idea is not new anymore, the FarmCheck® program continues to move forward in its scope, criteria and impact. I’m excited to announce that as part of the company’s effort to continually improve, there will be several new facets of the program this year, including additional audit criteria and a new scoring system.
Technology will lead us to new advances in animal welfare. We have the largest remote video auditing in the industry in our processing plants, covering the key areas where live animals are handled. We also are piloting a new project to incorporate remote video auditing with our poultry catching crews. Documenting how our animals are handled is important to Tyson Foods and may well lead to innovations we’ve not previously considered.
Tyson Foods believes in being transparent. That’s how we continue to gain the confidence of both customers and consumers. Check out our recently released sustainability report to see how transparent we can be. Tyson believes in taking care of our animals, our people and our planet. We’ve made bold new goals in animal welfare, sustainability and community.
Yes, it has been a fast six-months but it could not have been more energizing to know that Tyson Foods will continue to look for ways to improve animal welfare. As a team, we will strive to be the leader in caring for our animals because it is simply the right thing to do.
Published Apr 12, 2018.
Check out the Animal Welfare section of our Annual Sustainability Report
See full roster of efforts, and how we strive to advance transparency in animal welfare practices.