NPPC release statement on Iowa hog abuse
An undercover video shot by the animal-rights group
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals shows mistreatment of hogs on an
Iowa farm, including practices not condoned and, in fact, abhorred by America's
pork producers. The National Pork Producers Council condemns the mistreatment of
animals that took place on the Iowa farm in question.
NPPC also is concerned that PETA did not alert the proper authorities about
the abuse in a timely manner.
Providing humane and
compassionate care for their pigs at every stage of life is one of the ethical
principles to which US pork producers adhere. The mistreatment that took place
on one farm in Iowa does not reflect the standards the pork industry follows in
caring for its animals. Mistreatment of animals is appalling to pork producers
just as it is to others. We do not defend and will not accept such
The US pork industry takes the well-being of its animals very seriously and
offers many care and handling education-certification programs for producers and
The Transportation Quality Assurance Program, for example, teaches proper
pig handling and transport practices, and the Pork Quality Assurance Plus
Program includes on-farm assessments that help producers identify areas of
production that need to be addressed before they become problems.
This program has the support of leading animal scientists, veterinarians
and retail customers. Measuring the standards of care on all farms is one way to
help ensure that all animals in the pork industry continue to receive humane
care and handling.
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