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Supreme Court Confirms Tyson Abuses People Too

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a $5.8 million judgment against Tyson Foods in favor of the workers who sued the company.

In 2007, more than 3,000 current and former employees of a Tyson pork processing facility in Iowa sued the company because they had not been paid for overtime. A jury awarded the workers $5.8 million for past due wages. Tyson refused to accept responsibility and took the case to the Supreme Court, which ruled against it. Now Tyson has no choice but to pay its employees what they are rightfully owed.

Mercy For Animals held a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court building while the case was being heard, protesting Tyson’s policies, which abuse both animals and people. Not only does Tyson cheat its workers out of their wages, but its employees face dangerous conditions every workday.

Moreover, MFA has documented egregious animal cruelty time and again at several Tyson facilities, including a factory farm that was shut down in response to our investigative and legal advocacy work.

Although the Supreme Court held Tyson accountable for treating its workers unfairly, Tyson still needs to take responsibility for the animals under its care. Please sign the petition urging Tyson Foods to adopt a meaningful animal welfare policy.

And remember, the best way to protect animals is to leave meat, eggs, and dairy off your plate. Visit to learn more.