The Animal Legal Defense Fund
last week filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Tyson Foods, America’s largest meat company, for violating the Federal Trade Commission Act that calls for fair business practices. The complaint asks the FTC to investigate and put an end to deceptive marketing tactics used by Tyson, which claims to be an industry leader at the forefront of animal welfare while relying upon inhumane farming practices.
Tyson is supplied by more than 12,000 independent livestock and poultry farmers. It’s chicken operations are vertically integrated. The company hatches eggs, supplies contract farmers with chicks and feed and processes the chickens. Their thousands of suppliers run operations like these:
Animal cruelty in chicken slaughterhouses connected to Tyson,
which relies on broiler houses for its production and uses methods that cause rapid and debilitating weight gain for the “broiler hens,” has been routinely exposed by animal welfare groups.
One broiler house can hold 25,000 birds.
A campaign sponsored by PETA called “Kentucky Fried Cruelty”, has pressured KFC to drop Tyson Foods as its supplier, due to it’s abusive animal practices and resistance to reforms.
Multiple courts have held Tyson responsible for environmental hazards.
As the largest U.S. producer of chicken and second largest producer of beef and pork, Tyson’s presence in the animal product industry extends across the nation.
Source: Animal Legal Defense Fund