Legally Brief: The Greenwashing of Factory Farms

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on July 5, 2013

Well, it looks like Tyson Foods is at it again, changing words rather than actions. In this day and age, environmental responsibility is something to be taken seriously; it is not just for show. Seeming ecologically sound, rather than being so, is greenwashing. And that is just what Tyson is doing when they only make cosmetic changes to their website, rather than to the treatment of animals on their factory farms.

As I explained last week in my blog on Huffington Post, Tyson Foods has publicly formed a panel of advisors to consider the well-being of animals–but not made any actual changes to its treatment of animals. In fact, Tyson continues to rely upon some of the cruelest forms of industrial agriculture possible. Often such tactics, like the use of “gestation crates” (in which pregnant sows are unable to turn around), are banned outright in many agricultural states for cruelty to animals.

Tyson has begun quieting its animal welfare claims, in light of the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s consumer protection complaint to the Federal Trade Commission to stop Tyson falsely advertising itself a “humane” producer. We are certainly glad to see Tyson walking back its claims to be humane. But it is not nearly enough. Where once they claimed to be “leading the industry” in animal well-being, Tyson’s president now claims to be determined to “find better, smarter ways to care for” animals. Many other claims have been moved or buried in sustainability reports. However, Tyson continues to use deceptive double-speak. It still uses gestation crates, but calls them “individual housing.” The Animal Legal Defense Fund doesn’t want Tyson to modify just its language–we call on factory farms like Tyson’s, and indeed all industrial agriculture, to stop their cruel practices–and gestation crates are one of the worst.

If Tyson really cares about animals–and humanely caring for animals–their actions need to match their publicity stunts. We at the Animal Legal Defense Fund will continue to serve as a watchdog over the dangerous and inhumane practices of corporate agriculture: for the good of consumers, for our environment, and for the well-being of animals.

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39 thoughts on “Legally Brief: The Greenwashing of Factory Farms

  1. I don’t by any Tyson product & no long eat at KFC as that is the supplier to KFC. Tyson does not treat their animals humanely & They do not use human methods of killing those animals. I for one will not by any Tyson product ever due to this.

  2. Kim Caldow says:

    Do the right thing please!

  3. grant rhea says:

    i am outraged know tyson has been making false claims of humane animal treatment on their cruel factory farms. It Is an attrocity what they do to animals and the animals have no say as they suffer and languish in absolute agony their entire lives. How would you like it if this was your children being confined and brutalized in this manner? This is evil and needs to be changed. If not tyson WILL be facing legal trouble with myself and others. End of story.

  4. I have seen hidden videos of your treatment and killing of these animals and you make me sick and thousands of others are so disgusted with your methods. You are level with china and their treatment of cats and dogs they eat and I would compare your mentality with theirs, cruel, sadistic, greedy, no concern for the rest of the world, I just pray your offsprings are more humane than you.

  5. Robert and Rose Cykala says:

    All you people at Tyson, I hope you all “burn in hell’ for your evil and inhumane treatment of helpless and innocent animals. I have told everyone I know not to buy your products!!!

  6. Muriel Servaege says:

    Your methods are sickening, disgusting, … The only thing that matters is your greed.

  7. Penelope says:


  8. Penelope says:

    Please stop the un needed abuse.

  9. Bernice Reynolds says:

    Yeah I quite buying their products too. I don’t believe they will change and had no intentions too. They flat out lied about the changes they were going to make to keep selling their shit.

  10. Julie Anast says:

    I have never bought their products, and certainly will not start, knowing now how they treat those poor innocent animals.

    Tyson and its abusers deserve the harshest punishment possible!

    Thank you,

  11. Karen Carney says:

    Who are they trying to kid? I refuse to buy their products period!

  12. alexes says:

    I refuse to buy from them – in fact, i refuse to eat meat at all now.
    I am not going to pay people to hurt animals, ever again.

    They are liars, and they simply can’t be trusted.
    Not one more dime for that kind of company.

  13. peter solt says:

    You assholes just lost a good customer of 20+ years!!

  14. Christina Marti says:

    Please stop abusing animals

  15. Elise says:

    Factory farms need to go, period. Tyson is just another example of unbridled corporate greed that stops at nothing in order to garner a profit.

  16. Darlene Moak says:

    The best solution of all? Veganism. Then there is no market for these cruel products. I became a vegetarian three years ago and a vegan Six months later. I am 58 years old. Change is possible.
    Please consider changing to a plant-based diet.

    1. Laureen says:

      Wonderful! I did the same thing, it will be 7 years this fall. I don’t even miss meat whatsoever, that is what is odd. I thought I would. I have the same energy from eating other foods, and I have expanded my recipes. I feel great!

  17. emanuela sala says:

    I don’t know a humane way to slaughter anumals… can killing a life be humane?
    Go vegan, stop eat corps! That’s the solution,this is the only way for animals well-being.

  18. joan bright says:

    As usual corporate greed runs amuck without concern for innocent animals that suffer unbearable conditions. Animals experience fear and pain…it’s deplorable. They should be stopped!

  19. Laureen says:

    Such sickness! These animals deserve so much more. There is no compassion whatsoever. Where do they find these horrible people as their employees?

  20. Aida says:

    I’ve been a Vegan for 17 years now. I deplore and am outraged at just how low and heartless, apathetic “corporate America” (especially those who are in “charge” of animals’ welfare) has become, just to line their pockets, and to keep stuffing food down their fat, ugly, and bottomless pie-holes.

    Since going Vegan, my kitchen no longer smells like Death, I do not wake up with stinking Death-breath, and I sleep well knowing I am not contributing to a poor animal’s torture and murder – because that is what it is. I do not miss meat at all, the only thing I believed I would miss would be the “sweet” and “salty” sensations, but those I obtain with my fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, nuts, and grains. I do Not need to rob an animal of its life just to fill my fat belly.

    And I certainly do Not trust money-mongers to care for animals because they “see” only gold, and have absolutely no souls that will connect them with anything that is Living. They are simply empty and sadistic, animated Human skins. They are neither wanted nor needed on this world!

  21. Sher Robichaux says:

    Tyson is off my list of food purchases. My entire family-including restaurant – is also dropping your line.
    Get with the humane program, please.

    What goes around, comes around. What you do to animals will come back to bite you!!!

  22. Mike says:

    Couple good ways to make them stop or go out of business. First call up Tyson foods and mention that you will not purchase any Tyson products because of the inhumane way they treat animals. Obviously, google and facebook are another media source that will pressure them. Don’t by any of their products. It may take a little while, but they will become exposed! I believe you can also go to Tyson website and leave an e-mail. All we can do is keep up the good work—it will all pay off in the end. Mike

  23. SUZANNE LOPEZ says:

    Why is it taking so long to stop all this horrible treatment to innocent animals? Please do all you can to legally do something about this asap. Do as much advertising as possible about this matter thru TV reports so more people are aware and can put the pressure on Tyson.

  24. Gary Fair says:

    “it has become appallingly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity” albert einstein. also, vegan by design see

  25. Angelina Grammatico says:

    Tyson,,,, Your a GIANT and the Biggest PIGS of all. Why should you not be slaughtered as well ! What you do is poison people with your Toxic meat ! And torture and slaughter these poor defenseless animals….

    Like you roast meat ! I hope you roast in a place that has an unending torture !!!

  26. Suzanne Marienau says:

    Tyson cares nothing about the animals it brutalizes and ultimately murders. Tyson cares about one thing – it’s profits. Any claims these terrible people make about being “humane” are only made to try to appease those who are against animal cruelty. Well, I have news for Tyson – no one is being fooled by your lies. We know that you are abusing and brutalizing animals every minute of every day and that you don’t plan on stopping. How stupid does this company think we are? Do they believe a few lame statements from their PR dept. will convince us that they are being kind to animals? Right. As if. The only way to stop a monster entity like Tyson is to stop buying what they sell. If people would stop eating meat, the world would be a much better place for everyone, and people would be much healthier. Grain that is currently being fed to slaughter bound animals would instead go to humans. Tyson and all businesses like it would cease to exist. Factory farms would be no more either. How wonderful this would be!

  27. Audrey Johnson says:

    Tyson should have been closed down a long time ago along with all the other cruel, inhumane factory farms just like them. What kind of so-called human “?” beings can in the name of greed and inhumanity abuse and horrifically treat innocent and defenseless animals. Tyson you make me sick and angry that you are still in business!

  28. Mary Duerr says:

    Did not realize how inhumane the Tyson Company was and will certainly not purchase any of it’s products nor eat in any restaurants that are supplied with chicken or any other product Tyson sells.
    Thank you for opening my eyes.
    I am a firm supporter of ALDF and thank them for all they do for animals.

  29. Rosy Morales says:

    I have known of Tyson’s unspeakable abuse and cruelty to livestock for sometime now. Tyson’s lies and deception is shameful and disgusting.
    I will continue to never purchase their products.

  30. Robin Lewis says:

    I think all of the people at Tyson deserve to take responsibility because they work there and cannot be that
    dumb! I think every single employee that works for Tyson Foods should be made to watch EVERYTHING they do and I’ll
    bet that will get them together and cause plenty of trouble. I know that the % of employees don’t have a clue as to what goes on in there and if they all see it, hear the cries of those poor animals they will do something!
    I know that they’ll have enough employees to make life for
    Tyson very unpleasant! There are more people out there who care it’s just that it’s hidden from them! Get a local newspaper to get out and write some articles exposing them for what they are, Murderers!!! If a good news article is written you will have plenty of people to
    go out and get the signatures needed to stop them in their tracks. Tell the employees to work with the Humane
    Society and I promise you they will help you!!! The Humane Society fights these battles for a reason: they love all animals and don’t want a single one suffering!!
    They will help out if you get it all together! Good Luck,
    I hope you all get together and expose the filth of that
    place and i’ll never,EVER, touch a product from Tyson Foods. I also work in dog rescue and will get it out to everyone how they treat animals in general and hope that it will help as well.

    Let Tyson Foods know that we won’t stand for their crap!

  31. Van says:

    I recently went to meat dept at a huge W-M. Meat the guy responsible for meats, told him about Tyson. Said Perdue was far more humane. The guy listened, and immediately
    Changed the freezer space to reduce Tyson, and increase Perdue.

    I am sue Perdue not perfect, but they are smaller, and less evil yuan Tyson.

  32. Becca says:

    I haven’t eaten at a “chicken” (KFC or any others) place for decades. Didn’t trust the chicken even WAY back then, let alone knowing about the filthy and abusive warehouses now used by factory farms.

  33. Janett Orndorf says:

    I will not purchase any Tyson products until this company changes is inhumane treatment of animals. I have been a supporter of ALDF for years.

  34. Dona says:

    I haven’t purchased ANY Tyson products for 20+ years after being told by an “old timer” in NC that that they used to force their slaughter plant assembly line workers to wear diapers so as to save the company time & money on employee bathroom breaks!

  35. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI.

  36. Dawn Goud says:

    I am so relieved to hear that there are so many GOOD people such as all here who are openly expressing their absolute disgust. As for the heartless and evil minions who create and allow these hellish practices, I truly believe they will somehow lay in their own pit of excruciating pain in hell. Fear God you greedy fools, your money will not save you! Tyson and KFC, your meat is POISON!!

  37. Barb Navoro says:

    Thank you for doing good job!!

  38. marychecketts says:

    I have the options to buy all meats that are not abused overused and natural and free of any unnecessary growth products Tyson needs to get there act together I for one am boycotting them and I intend to tell everyone who i see at the meat counters!!!

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