HSUS president seeks Tyson Board seat

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) President and CEO Wayne Pacelle has filed paperwork for election to Tyson Foods’ board of directors, according to an HSUS announcement.

If elected, Pacelle would urge the company to commit to a definite time frame to phase out the use of sow gestation crates. According to HSUS, billionaire investor Carl Icahn has agreed to serve as an adviser in Pacelle’s effort to join the board.

“It is imperative that a voice on Tyson’s board speak for the company’s many customers, partners, and investors who are demanding the end of gestation crates and more humane treatment of animals,” Pacelle said

In a statement provided by Tyson Foods, the company said it will handle the Pacelle nomination in accordance with company policy. “We’re not surprised Wayne Pacelle wants to sit on our board,” said Gary Mickelson, Tyson director of public relations. “We’re handling the nomination according to the law and our company’s by-laws. Tyson Foods is committed to humane animal treatment and expects the same from the independent family farmers who supply us with chickens, hogs and cattle.”

“I firmly believe that the position of HSUS regarding gestation crates is the right one.” Icahn said. “When Wayne Pacelle reached out to me as a long-time supporter of the Humane Society to advise HSUS on the possibility of seeking a board position at Tyson, I told Wayne that given the existence of A/B (low vote/high vote) stock at Tyson, it would be extremely difficult to elect him as a director through a proxy fight,”

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IL  |  October, 03, 2012 at 09:44 AM

I can read the headlines now, Tyson shuts down it's operations, Investors lose millions

Jersey Shore  |  October, 03, 2012 at 05:16 PM

Does Carl Ichan know that HSUS's Director of Food Policy, Matthew Prescott, created the Holocaust on a Plate campaign while at PETA? Is he aware that Prescott LIED to the Holocaust Museum in order to obtain sensitive and graphic photos of dead and starving Jews, only to juxtapose them with images of farm animals and take it on the road? The museum and the Jewish community (Ichan is Jewish) were shocked and outraged by this insensitive betrayal and filed legal action against PETA. A major biography of Carl Ichan describes him as a predatory vulture, a Machiavellan manipulator and a "greenmail" pioneer. No wonder he's pals with Wayne Pacelle. Has he put HSUS in his will yet? I also learned that in 1984, Ichan started Foxfield Thoroughbreds, a large, very profitable horse breeding operation. He bred horses for twenty years. Pacelle doesn't have a problem with this particular horse breeder, however, as long as he's giving HSUS money and doing their bidding.

kansas  |  October, 04, 2012 at 01:00 AM

Sounds like Tyson could use some support, back-up, friends?, in the world of livestock agriculture right now. Not the typical averting of eyes and dismissals from jealous competitors and envious suppliers. Swim together or sink alone - attacks by corporate sharks like Icahn, wishing to feed and profit on the carcass HSUS would like to make of Tyson, are EVERYONES' problem. Don't cower in the shadows. Step-up and make yourself heard. And it is sort of funny? odd? ironic? That a person whose religion bars them from eating pork is joining with an 28 year and counting Vegan to force their way on to the board of a Pork, Meat company. What sort of business expertise could they possibly deliver to benefit the corporations' stockholders? Lying and Bullying have served them both well in their previous endeavors, does Tyson really need advice on this?

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NC  |  October, 04, 2012 at 06:46 AM

Can we even begin to imagine just how much money HSUS has removed from the USA economy over the last 20 years and our government reps have helped them, thinking they are in some way helping animals. It is not about helping animals, it is about no animal use for anything, ever. The HSUS gives the impression that family farms are "the way to go". HSUS will not stop until people do not eat, use for entertainment, use animals for lifesaveing research or have pets. It really is a movement of abolition of all animal use and extremely anticapitalistic and a vegan world.

Colo  |  October, 04, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Why would Pacelle, who knows absolutely nothing about hog farming - and doesn't want to know, want to be on Tyson's board of directors? Because it's one more source of money for the (to quote Baxter Black) bloated parasite known as HSUS. It's also another step in his campaign to jam everyone into being a vegetarian. Why the higher-ups at Tyson didn't tell him to take a hike is beyond me. His arrogance is only exceeded by his ignorance.

NC  |  October, 04, 2012 at 02:10 PM

If HSUS joins the Tyson board, can we get some ranchers on the HSUS board? I think the trade off is only fair..

kansas  |  October, 05, 2012 at 04:25 PM

Shan - Excellent Idea! As concerned care-givers for a variety of domestic animals (from companions to food), who better than a typical livestock producer to serve on the HSUS board? As Pacelle himself admits, he has virtually no firsthand experience with any animals of any type himself. Someone in a producer Leadership Position should step-up and publicly DEMAND a seat on their board. This would be awkward for Pacelle The Vegan, and would force him to explain to his followers why they won't accede to the demand. Great PR, if nothing else, exposing the hypocrisy, lies and true HSUS agenda. Could even lead to a legal challenge to their non-profit status when combined with charges of fraudulent fund raising and other deceptive practices.

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