Ten Companies which Exploit Animal

Cal-Maine Foods (NASDAQ:CALM)

Controls about a quarter of the nation’s egg market.

Male chicks born into the egg industry are discarded because they don’t lay eggs and are not the correct breed to be raised for meat. These male chicks are sometimes discarded in trash bins, where they suffocate or are crushed to death under the weight of other chicks. In other cases, male chicks are left on the sorting conveyor belt, and are dumped, fully conscious, into a high-speed grinder

To prevent damage from excessive pecking, most laying hens have a portion of their beaks amputated (beak “trimming”) without anesthesia. Up to 2/3rd of the beak may be removed, generally with a heated blade.

Charles River Laboratories (NYSE:CRL)

The world’s largest breeder of animals for use in experiments

Thirty dead monkeys [long-tailed macaques] were essentially cooked alive after someone left the heater on. Two others were near death and had to be euthanized.

Covance (NYSE:LH)

The world’s largest breeder of dogs for experiments

Covance was the largest importer of primates in the US; they are the world’s largest breeder of laboratory dogs

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF)

Controls about a third of the nation’s milk market

The Cow is milked immediately following birth. She is then reimpregnated about four months later. She is milked for the first seven months of her pregnancy, meaning she must be providing for the developing calf while also producing many pounds of milk. Generally, milking is abruptly halted two months before the next calf is born; this sudden cessation of milking can lead to painful engorgement of the udder. Feed and water intake is sometimes restricted at this time, which also impairs her welfare

Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL)

Pork producer accused of cruelty to animals

PETA has released a video, compiled over three months of undercover investigation, of a pig farm that supplied piglets to Hormel. During the course of the investigation, the farm’s ownership and management changed, but practices didn’t. The investigator documented:

A supervisor shoving a cane into a pig’s vagina and beating the pig;

Multiple pigs beaten with metal gate rods;

Lacerations on more than 30 pigs;

Two men, including a supervisor, jabbing clothespins into pigs’ eyes and faces;

A supervisor kicking a young pig in the face, abdomen, and genitals; he told PETA’s investigator


The world’s largest meat company

JBS S.A. is the largest meat processing company in the world. It is the largest global producer of beef, chicken, and lamb, and third in pork. 

Sanderson (NASDAQ:SAFM)

One of America’s largest chicken processors

Sanderson Farms is the only Fortune 1000 company headquartered in Mississippi. The company uses 900 independent suppliers to raise chickens for slaughter and sale

Seaboard (AMEX:SEB)

One of America’s largest pork producers

Butterball is the largest producer of turkeys in the US; one survey indicated that 41% of consumers planned to buy a Butterball bird during the year. (3) Butterball has processing plants in North Carolina, Arkansas, and Missouri. Seaboard Foods has pork facilities in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, and Texas. In addition to sales in the US, Seaboard Foods exports pork to Japan, Mexico, Russia, and Korea. Both Seaboard Foods and Butterball have been accused of cruelty to animals

Smithfield Foods (HONG KONG:WHGLY)

America’s largest pork producer

Smithfield runs the world’s largest slaughterhouse, located in Tar Heel, North Carolina.

Tyson (NYSE:TSN)

America’s largest meat company

According to their filing with the Security and Exchange Commission, they generally contract with independent factory farms to raise the animals slaughtered and packaged by Tyson