People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals owns 100 shares of Hormel Foods and has submitted a shareholder resolution calling on the Austin, Minn.-based company to include information on all of its meat packages about each product's greenhouse-gas "footprint".
PETA officials say its part of its corporate responsibility project. The group says that shoppers are increasingly concerned about global warming and that meat production is the leading cause of greenhouse-gas emissions. PETA also notes that some food companies have already begun printing greenhouse-gas emissions levels per serving on product labels — but Hormel is not among them.
PETA filed an identical resolution with Tyson Foods as it holds shares within that company as well.
"If meat is on the menu, so is a hefty serving of greenhouse gasses," says PETA Senior Vice President Tracy Reiman. She argues that people have a right to know how the products are contributing to global warming.
While presenting resolutions to companies in which the groups holds shares is not new, what is new is the angle of tying greenhouse gases to meat products and asking for product labels. The group has had variable successes with such tactics in the past. Regardless, it is one tactic that PETA uses to chip away at a company and begin to enforce its demands.
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