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A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation, which broke today on FOX National News, reveals unconscionable cruelty to mother pigs and their young piglets at a Hatfield Quality Meat supplier - "Country View Family Farms," in Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania. The hidden camera video provides consumers with a jarring glimpse into the nightmarish world of factory pork production.

MFA's investigation uncovered:

  • Workers grabbing piglets by their fragile ears or legs and throwing them across the room and slamming them into transport carts.
  • Workers tattooing sows by repeatedly driving sharp metal spikes into their flesh.
  • Sows with untreated rectal prolapses and deep, infected sores and scrapes from constant rubbing against the bars of their stalls.
  • Workers cutting off piglets' tails with dull pliers and castrating them by ripping out their testes with their bare hands - all without anesthesia.
  • Thousands of pregnant pigs confined in two-feet wide metal stalls so small that they could only take one step forward or backward and could not turn around or lie down comfortably.
  • Injured, sick and runt piglets being tossed into overcrowded gassing kill carts, slowly suffocating from CO2.
  • Workers firing steel rods into sows' heads, sometimes as many as four separate times, before the sows fell and died.

Numerous veterinarians and animal welfare experts have harshly condemned the conditions documented at this "family farm" - which confines nearly 3,000 breeding sows. Dr. Nedim C. Buyukmihci, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, asserts, "I can state unequivocally that the pigs in this facility suffered immensely...These people showed complete disregard for the welfare or well-being on the pigs."


The findings of MFA's newest investigation are consistent with those documented at pig farms across the country in recent years - illustrating that animal neglect and abuse are the pork industry norm, not the exception.

Not only are the abuses documented at this facility standard within the industry, they are legal in the state of Pennsylvania. Like most states, Pennsylvania's anti-cruelty statute exempts farmed animals from legal protection. Pigs, like all farmed animals, also lack federal protection during their lives confined on factory farms.

As consumers we can choose compassion over cruelty at every meal. Adopting a compassionate vegan diet is the most powerful action we can take to put an end to needless animal suffering and the conditions documented during this investigation.

Click here to learn more about this disturbing investigation.

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NewMFAHomepage.jpgPacked with powerful videos, helpful "how-to" activism guides, nationwide outreach event listings, detailed descriptions of MFA's campaigns, various options for supporting the organization's life-saving efforts, as well as downloadable resources, Mercy For Animals' newly launched website empowers you to use your mouse to help farmed animals.

The updated website includes such features as:

So, visit the new and get inspired to take action on behalf of animals!

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A dedicated group of Mercy For Animals volunteers rolled up their sleeves, laced up their leather-free work boots, and headed up to Manchester, MI for a fun-filled weekend working at SASHA Farm sanctuary.

SASHA Farm is the Midwest's largest farmed animal sanctuary. The name SASHA is an acronym for the animal rescue operation - Sanctuary And Safe Haven for Animals. In addition to the top-notch veterinary care, food, water and comfortable housing, SASHA provides the animal residents with affection, social interaction with others of their own species, and a sense of security.

SashaFarm2.jpgA group of twenty high school students from Northside College Prep joined MFA on Saturday, volunteering for the day. Many of the students had never interacted with a farmed animal before. While their hearts were opened to the sensitive and intelligent nature of farmed animals, their eyes were also opened to the cruel truth behind factory farming systems.

SashaFarm1.JPG SASHA co-founder, Monte, shared the touching stories of how many of the animals first came to the sanctuary. Doggie, a lovable Holstein cow, was so named because of his fondness for digging holes in the ground - much like a dog. Doggie exemplifies the bridge between all animal species and how similar they are. Each animal had a touching and inspiring story, making the experience of volunteering with these animals very rewarding and fulfilling.

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A shocking new undercover investigation reveals animal cruelty at a veal slaughterhouse in Vermont - prompting the USDA to shut down the facility. Watch the hidden camera video below, then click here to take action.

Sadly, the heartbreaking conditions documented at this slaughter plant are not isolated. Recent investigations into some of the world's largest hatcheries, factory farms, and slaughterhouses graphically illustrate that animal cruelty is inherent and widespread in the meat, dairy and egg industries. Compassionate consumers can remove their support from these abusive industries by adopting a vegan diet.

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