PETA unveils torture of pigs with Smithfield hog supplier

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Thursday, December 13, 2007

Undercover video footage recorded by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reveals abuse to mother pigs.

The video had been recorded at a Garland, N.C.-based sow farm being a supplier to Smithfield Foods, the leading processor and marketer of fresh pork and processed meats in the United States, as well as the largest producer of hogs.

PETA is asking the general public to file charges against the farm's owner Murphy Family Ventures LLC for violating the state's anti-cruelty laws.

Furthermore, Smithfield is to be told that while it's good that it has promised to phase out the use of gestation crates at its own farms, the company needs to make the transition faster and require independent suppliers to phase out these cruel devices, too.

According to PETA, the video footage shows workers hitting pigs in the face with metal rods and dragging injured pigs out of the facility by their snouts, ears, and legs before killing them.

The organisation is calling on Smithfield to pressure Murphy Family Ventures to fire workers found responsible for abusing pigs and to expedite its plans to phase out gestation crates throughout its hog production network.

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