Murphy-Brown conducts internal investigation
Murphy-Brown, a livestock producing subsidiary of the
world's largest pork processor Smithfield, has announced that it is to conduct
an internal investigation after allegations were made about animal abuse, the
Associated Press reports.
The announcement was made by Murphy-Brown's spokesman Don Butler, after
Murphy Family Ventures, based in Wallace, N.C., one of the company's independent
contract growers, had been accused of animal abuse by the People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA). Butler said that he had not received information,
but would conduct an investigation and possibly take appropriate action.
Murphy Family Ventures released a similar statement, saying it had not
received detailed information about the matter but would investigate. It said
that as a contract producer for Murphy-Brown, "we are required to follow the
policies and practices outlined and contained in our animal welfare management
Accusations of abuse
PETA said the investigator
documented workers dragging screaming pigs by their snouts, an ear or a leg to
an area where they then were killed. Workers also hit and jabbed pigs with metal
rods, a supervisor admitted that he beat pigs, and numerous pigs went without
treatment for cysts, sores and other injuries, PETA said.
The investigator was hired at the sow farm and worked there from September 13
to November 2, according to PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich.
Butler commented, "Murphy-Brown has no higher priority than the well-being of
animals we produce and that's why we have developed and implemented a
comprehensive animal welfare management system designed to ensure the well-being
of our animals." All contract growers are required to abide by an animal welfare
management programme, he said.
â€¢ Murphy Brown
â€¢ Associated Press
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