Tyson Foods has developed an Office of Animal Well- Being at its Springdale headquarters, under the leadership of animal welfare expert Kellye Pfalzgraf, DVM. The office is responsible for overseeing animal treatment and handling at all of the company's chicken, beef and pork facilities.
The Office of Animal Well-Being will ensure corporate compliance with the National Chicken Council's Animal Welfare Guidelines and the Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines formulated by the American Meat Institute.
The Office of Animal Well-Being was initially formed by IBP in 2000 to oversee that company's "Handle with Care" efforts with regard to its beef and pork production. With the creation of the new company-wide Office of Animal Well-Being, Pfalzgraf's responsibilities were expanded to include all of the company's poultry operations in addition to beef and pork facilities.
The Office of Animal Well-Being's responsibilities include in-plant animal welfare training, ongoing monitoring of processes, and internal verification auditing of all facilities to ensure compliance with industry guidelines.
Additionally, the office is responsible for coordinating the inspections of Tyson facilities by outside auditing teams as required by Tyson customers. Tyson Foods also regularly works with its transportation and live production partners to further promote and provide for appropriate animal handling.