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Matthew Prescott

Food Policy Director

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Matthew Prescott is The HSUS's Food Policy Director. The HSUS

For more than a decade, Matthew Prescott has worked to reform global agribusiness as it relates to animal welfare through collaboration with major food companies, the finance sector, and public policy efforts.

His work has resulted in sweeping animal welfare reforms at dozens of leading food companies, including Burger King, Costco, Target, Quiznos, Subway, Safeway, Campbell Soup, and more. For example, Prescott has helped lead the charge against cruel battery cages for egg-laying hens and gestation crates for pigs by moving major food corporations away from those practices and toward more humane supply chains.

As part of his work, Prescott has pioneered new methods of corporate communications and negotiation. He is the leading expert on "shareholder advocacy" in the animal protection field, and advises NGOs—animal protection and others—on how to utilize this approach.

Prescott's work has been covered extensively by the international media: He's addressed the nation about farm-animal cruelty issues on CNN; in the pages of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, TIME magazine, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone; and as a guest on national news programs such as The Glenn Beck Show and The O'Reilly Factor.  Prescott has even discussed factory farming as a subject matter expert on NPR's quiz show "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me."

Prescott studied political science and philosophy at University of New Hampshire. He lives in Frederick, Md.

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