Nine employees, including two managers, have been charged with a total of 30 counts of criminal cruelty to animals following the release of undercover video footage taken inside a Wyoming pig factory farm. The gruesome video was shot at a facility that supplies pork to Tyson Foods--one of the world's largest meat processors.
The investigation documented workers punching and kicking mother pigs and their piglets, whipping piglets around by their hind legs, smashing them into concrete floors, and throwing them high into the air. Pregnant pigs were also confined in tiny metal gestation crates, unable to turn around for nearly their entire lives. An animal cruelty conviction in Wyoming carries a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
Watch the undercover video here:
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 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.
The use of gestation crates to immobilize pregnant pigs is arguably the worst form of institutionalized animal abuse in existence. In fact, gestation crates are so cruel that nearly 50 major food companies, including McDonald's, Burger King, Safeway, and Costco, are demanding the pork industry do away them. Despite all of this, Walmart--the largest retailer in the world--continues to support blatant cruelty to animals by buying pork from factory farms that use gestation crates.
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Workers Charged with Animal Cruelty at Wyoming Pig Farm
by - January 2, 2013