By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net
Did you hear the one about the animal rights activist that wanted to be on the board of the 2nd largest meat processor in the world?
Some might think this is a story only to tell around a campfire in late October, complete with a flashlight held up to your chin while giving the bone chilling details of this horrifying tale. But this story that would make ghosts run for cover…is true.
Wayne Pacelle, the President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), is vying for a seat on the board of directors for Tyson Foods (insert blood curdling scream here).
I’ve seen some really great disguises walk the streets of my neighborhood during this time of year, but this costume certainly isn’t winning first prize.
Pacelle is not hiding his identity, or his agenda, very well. He is pretty open about his intentions of using his influence of being on Tyson’s board to urge the company to commit to a definite time frame to phase out the confinement of sows in gestation crates.
This is not only scary, but ridiculous. Although the chances of Pacelle getting a seat on the board are slim to none, there is still a chance nonetheless. Isn’t it time someone from the agriculture sector sought a position the board of HSUS to convince them to disclose where 99.5% of their funding actually goes, since only .05% goes to local pet shelters?
If this goblin to the farming way of life has his way, the consequences will be nightmarish.