Humane Society of the U.S. Chief Executive Officer Wayne Pacelle, who is trying to pressure Tyson Foods Inc. to phase out gestation crates for sows, dropped a plan to seek a seat on the company’s board.
When Smithfield Foods Inc. was trying to fend off a union organizing drive at its largest meat- processing plant, it hired public relations executive Rick Berman. They discussed “preparing the nuclear strike,” according to e-mail records.
Tyson Foods Inc. buys pigs from an Itoham Foods Inc. facility in Wyoming that keeps pregnant sows in undersized cages and abuses the animals, the Humane Society of the U.S. said, citing an undercover video.
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a California law requiring slaughterhouses to immediately euthanize animals that are too sick to stand up, delivering a setback to animal-rights activists and a victory for the meat industry.