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June 11, 2012

Wayne's Blog: Investing In a Better Future for Animals

Wayne's Blog: A Humane Nation

  • Pharmaceutical company Idenix committed to a company policy against the use of chimpanzees in invasive animal tests. HSUS

At McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting last month—in front of a packed room of investors, board members, executives, and reporters—Paul Shapiro, HSUS’s vice president of Farm Animal Protection, engendered a round of applause for the company’s groundbreaking commitment to eliminate gestation crate confinement of pigs from its pork supply chain.

The HSUS was at McDonald’s meeting as more than just a guest—we were also there as an investor, albeit a minor one. Since 2007, The HSUS has strategically acquired shares in nearly 100 of the nation’s largest companies whose business operations affect the lives of animals. Our portfolio spans the food, clothing, and pharmaceutical industries because companies in these sectors routinely engage in purchasing or testing practices that swallow up enormous numbers of animals.

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