Thursday, 18 Sep, 2008 Offbeat

Undercover Video Shows Pigs Being Violently Abused on Iowa Farm


Associated Press obtained an undercover video showing workers hitting pigs with metal rods, slamming them on a concrete floor and boasting about jamming rods into the hindquarters of the animals at the Iowa pig farm.

The video shows a supervisor who speaks with an undercover investigator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals telling him that when he gets mad or when an animal won't listen "I grab one of these rods and jam it in her asshole."

The pig farm is situated about 60 miles west of Des Moines and it supplies meat to Hormel Foods of Austin, Minn. The video could be used by PETA to order Hormel to ensure human treatment of the animals.

In addition, the animal rights group looks forward to show the tape to the sheriff in Greene County, Iowa. The group wants 18 people to be pleaded guilty and face charges on animal cruelty violations.

"Abuse on factory farms is the absolute norm, not the exception, and anyone eating factory-farmed meat is paying to support it," said Friedrich, PETA Vice President.

It is worth mentioning that PETA decided to send its undercover investigators to the farm after receiving a complaint from someone inside the farm. The investigators were sent to receive a job on the farm and then report its practices. There a point in the video where one of the farm's employees shouts to the undercover investigator: "Hurt 'em! There's nobody works for PETA out here. You know who PETA is?"

According to the records presented by Greene County Assessor's Office, the owner of the farm until August 18 was Natural Pork Production II LLP of Iowa. Then the property was sold to MowMar LLP of Fairmont, Minn.

The owner of MowMar, Lynn Becker, stated that after taking over the property, his company performed animal welfare training to people who wanted to work on the farm. After seeing the video, Becker called the abuses "completely intolerable, reprehensible. We condemn these types of acts. If any animals were abused in the brief time we've owned the farm, if we still employ these people, any attempt will be made to investigate and initiate corrective action immediately."

An undercover investigator said that the work on the farm was both physically and psychologically exhausting and people there showed open cruelty towards the animals.


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