Perdue Response to Mercy for Animals Press Conference
Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, December 10, 2015)
We thank Mercy for Animals for uncovering clear animal abuse by an individual on a farm raising our chickens, and we appreciate law enforcement’s prompt action against the perpetrator. This also demonstrates that we need to improve our oversight, training and practices around day-to-day care of our animals.
Mercy for Animals and Perdue share the goals of preventing animal abuse and of improving poultry care. As a company, Perdue is committed to continuous improvement, and as with our journey toward being the leader in No Antibiotics Ever, we are actively seeking to improve the way we raise chickens.
We recently created a new vice president level position within the company, Chief Animal Welfare Officer and Farm Family Advocate, and appointed Mike Levengood, a 31-year veteran at Perdue, to that position. Mike is leading our efforts to improve animal care and to develop closer relationships with the farmers who care for those animals. We are currently evaluating many of the practices that Mercy for Animals highlights, including lighting and enrichments.
Going forward, we promise to report on the process and our progress.