In what was an unusual move, Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), announced that he filed paperwork as a candidate for election to the board of directors of Tyson Foods last fall. Pacelle said he planned to urge the company to commit to a definite time frame to phase out the confinement of sows in gestation crates. That effort has been withdrawn.
Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman says their company backs farmers right to choose the best method for raising their hogs. Pacelle says HSUS will continue using public awareness efforts, litigation, investigations and corporate campaigns to pressure Tyson. This year close to 50 major food retailers have agreed to phase out purchases of pork from suppliers that rely on gestation crates.