Smithfield Foods “Responds” to HSUS’s Legal Complaint

In my previous post I covered the HSUS’ attack on McDonald’s and Smithfield Foods. I spent the morning trying to get a comment from Smithfield and here is what the company coughed up. Very lame, but as much an admission of guilt as any:




Keira Lombardo

Smithfield Foods, Inc.

(757) 365-3050

HSUS Response Media Statement

SMITHFIELD, Virginia (November 2, 2011)—Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE: SFD) has obtained a

copy of a complaint the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed earlier today with the

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and that complaint is currently being reviewed. We

are proud of our unparalleled track record as a sustainable food producer and stand confidently

behind our company’s public statements concerning animal care and environmental stewardship.

Our progress in these areas are clearly documented on our website and in our Corporate Social

Responsibility Report. We welcome all who are interested in learning more about our company’s

corporate social responsibility practices. Any objective assessment of our practices would

conclude that Smithfield and our employees are behaving in a socially responsible manner.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $12 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and

hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats

categories with popular brands including Farmland®, Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Armour®, and John

Morrell®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and

maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food

safety and quality programs. For more information, visit



About James McWilliams
I'm a historian and writer based in Austin, Texas. This blog is dedicated to exploring the ethics of eating animals and animal-based products.

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