Iowa Pig farm abuse condemned by industry
An undercover video has been recorded at an Iowa pig
farm showing workers hitting sows with metal rods, slamming piglets on a
concrete floor and bragging about jamming rods up into sows'
The farm, supplies Hormel Foods
who have called the abuses "completely unacceptable."
After getting a
whistleblower complaint from someone inside the farm, PETA sent two undercover
investigators to get hired at the farm and document its practices."Industry full of good people"
Jennifer Greiner, a veterinarian and director of science and technology at the
National Pork Producers Council, said the industry condemns "wilful abuse" of
pigs and that the video depicts acts that are not acceptable. "Our industry is
committed to handling pigs humanely," she said. "My industry is full of good
At one point in the video, workers are shown slamming piglets on
the ground, a practice designed to instantly kill those baby pigs that aren't
healthy enough. But on the video, the piglets are not killed instantly, and in a
bloodied pile, some piglets can be seen wiggling vainly. The video also shows
piglets being castrated, and having their tails cut off, without
anaesthesia.Abuse not widespread
Temple Grandin, a
leading animal welfare expert who serves as a consultant to the livestock
industry, said that while those are standard industry practices, the treatment
of the sows on the video was far from it. "This is atrocious animal abuse,"
Grandin said after PETA sent her the video.
But she disagreed with
PETA's contention that it was widespread in the industry. "I've been on many
good farms, and the pigs are handled gently," she said. "This was blatant,
deliberate animal cruelty."Click here for the free Pig
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