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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