Tyson Foods Says They'll Treat Animals Humanely - Can They Be Trusted?

Last month, Tyson Foods Inc. announced its commitment to humane treatment of farmed animals by forming an independent “Farm Animal Well-Being Advisory Panel” made up of members that include animal advocates, academics, agricultural executives, and members of federal food regulation agencies. As one of the largest producers of chicken, beef, and pork in the world, Tyson Foods could have a significant impact upon the treatment of the billions of animals slaughtered on factory farms every year. The Animal Legal Defense Fund supports every effort to reduce the tremendous suffering of animals on factory farms, and we hope Tyson Foods is sincere in following through with its stated goals—because make no mistake: unaccountable corporate “well-being” panels make for good publicity, but offer little hope for real improvements in animal well-being.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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