This chapter explores and discusses some noteworthy cases of harm perpetrated by Tyson. Cases include multiple incidents of animal harm recorded via undercover video at Tyson processing plants and contracted farms as well as multiple documented environmental harms that resulted in legal action against Tyson.
- Tyson Foods
- Environmental violations
- Undercover video
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Schally, J.L. (2018). The Nature of Tyson’s Harms. In: Legitimizing Corporate Harm. Palgrave Studies in Green Criminology. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67879-5_3
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