February 2, 2012

Walmart Pork Supplier Caught Abusing Pigs

gestcrate2.jpgThe Humane Society of the United States has released disturbing undercover video footage taken inside two Oklahoma pig factory farms, one owned by Seaboard Foods, the nation's third-largest pork producer and a supplier to Walmart, and the other by Prestage Farms, the nation's fifth-largest pork producer.

The investigation reveals mother pigs confined in tiny metal gestation crates, unable to turn around for nearly their entire lives, and newborn male piglets having their testicles ripped out of their bodies and their tails sliced off, all without painkillers. Pigs in need of veterinary care were left to suffer and die inside their cages, and lame or dying pigs and piglets were thrown into buckets to rot.

 

Take action: Urge Seaboard and Prestage to stop confining mother pigs for life to cages barely larger than their own bodies.

MFA's investigations into pig factory farms have revealed similarly horrific scenes of blatant animal abuse and needless suffering, including at Iowa Select Farms, the nation's fourth-largest pork producer, and at Pennsylvania's Country View Family Farms. Unfortunately, even the most extreme cruelty documented in these facilities is considered standard and largely acceptable within the pork industry.

More than 100 million pigs are subjected to a lifetime of abuse and neglect each year in the United States. These intelligent and social animals are treated as mere meat-producing machines on factory farms, where their short lives are filled with needless violence, suffering and fear.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Make a pledge today to withdraw your support from the cruel and violent meat industry by choosing compassion over cruelty every time you eat. Visit ChooseVeg.com for more information and delicious recipes to get started on your path toward a meat-free diet.

 
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