The Humane Society of the United States has filed supplemental complaints with both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Trade Commission regarding alleged false and misleading statements made by Seaboard Foods in its response to a recent undercover video made by an HSUS employee at one of the company’s Oklahoma pig breeding facilities. According to HSUS, the video shows breeding sows confined in gestation crates and showed workers hitting animals, duct-taping their splayed legs to their bodies and jabbing their eyes.
In its initial response to the HSUS complaints, Seaboard defended its use of gestation crates as standard “U.S. industry practices.” The HSUS alleges Seaboard makes grossly false and misleading statements about animal welfare to shareholders, potential investors and the public, including that the company uses the “most humane practices.”
Jonathan Lovvorn, chief counsel and senior vice president of animal protection litigation for the HSUS, says – locking animals in gestation crates is simply indefensible, as is misleading investors and the public about that abuse.