Matthew Prescott is the corporate outreach director for HSUS's Factory Farming Campaign. Before joining HSUS in April 2009, he was the shareholder-campaign manager and head of corporate affairs at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
In a 2008 interview with the Boston Globe while he was still with PETA, he explained his tactics as such: "We purchase small amounts of stock and begin to attend their annual meetings. When we come up with a shareholder resolution, the company has to print up our message and send it to every investor. So everybody reads what we've written — usually a statement about the graphic ways that the company is abusing animals."
Prescott also made the news in 2008 when he purchased a plot in the cemetery where Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Col. Harland Sanders is buried. The epitaph on the gravestone reads "KFC Tortures Birds." Cemetery officials say they were tricked by PETA into placing the gravestone near the tomb where Sanders is interred.
In 2003, Prescott was arrested while attempting to enter the Condé Nast offices in New York during a PETA protest against Vogue magazine's use of fur.
Prescott has a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from the University of New Hampshire.