Is Tyson’s Animal Handling Audit A Good Idea?

Tyson Foods this week announced the launch of its FarmCheck™ program, which will audit the treatment of animals at its livestock and poultry suppliers. You can read more here. This week’s online poll question is: “Is Tyson’s new audit program a good idea?”

Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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Anonymous
on Oct 25, 2012

My concern is where does it end? This could end like the camel, when he gets his nose under the tent the rest of him is not far behind.

Anonymous
on Oct 24, 2012

The problem I see with this is that they could just use a bunch of desk jockeys that don't know squat about how to care for animals in a real world. So no matter what a supplier does it won't please them.
But if they actually got someone that knew what it was like to care for animals in the real world, and how to process animals properly then this might work.

Anonymous
on Oct 24, 2012

Tyson is simply protecting their investment in their brand - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brand

Charlie Arnot explains why they are doing what they are doing - http://vimeo.com/45682493

Protecting our Freedom to Operate: Earning and Maintaining Public Trust and our Social License
http://animal.cals.arizona.edu/swnmc/Proceedings/2009/03Arnot_09.pdf

Anonymous
on Oct 24, 2012

As long as the advisory board Tyson uses to set the audit standards is made up of "commercial type producers" that have a reputation in their community of being good studards of their animals.

Anonymous
on Oct 24, 2012

The agriculture industry needs to be more transparent in order to gain consumers trust. It will never be enough for HSUS but that doesn't mean the industry shouldn't take steps like this.

Anonymous
on Oct 19, 2012

There are industry assessments of animal feeding operations that are intended to look at animal welfare, they should be used.

Anonymous
on Oct 19, 2012

Sure, Tyson needs to check on their suppliers regularly, but they should not make a public display of their business and subject themselves to the scrutiny of the likes of HSUS.

Anonymous
on Oct 19, 2012

It should not be addressed.period. all they are doing is opening the doors for hsus to destroy our livelyhood! They should audit the hsus to see if what they are ruining is ethical as they claim themselves to be.in general, us ranchers and farmers treat our animals and foods with as much respect as possible. Not many people enjoy anything suffering or being neglected.

Anonymous
on Oct 19, 2012

Yes but will it be anough for HSUS

Anonymous
on Oct 19, 2012

Sure sounds like politics to me. The idea is good, but I can't see it working for the customer.

Anonymous
on Oct 19, 2012

There's nothing fundamentally wrong with a company setting standards and requiring checks. The market will determine whether the benefits justify the costs. The lurking danger, though, is that the standards could become politicized and subjective. Will the advisory committee become populated with activists? Who will audit the auditors?

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