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1,000 Pigs Starve To Death On Abandoned PA Farm

1,000 Pigs Starve To Death On Abandoned PA Farm

On Monday, up to 1,000 dead pigs were discovered on an abandoned Fulton County, Pa., farm. The owner left the farm in August, leaving the hundreds of hogs to slowly die of starvation. Among these decayed bodies were also what appeared to be the remains of six calves.

A Humane Society police officer with Better Days Animal League, Dennis Bumbaugh, said he’s never seen anything like it. “I was horrified when I opened the door and saw what I saw,” he stated Tuesday.

The farm is owned by a recently separated couple, Daniel and Kerron Clark. Kerron hadn’t been to the farm since 2008, arrived Monday, and was horrified by the carnage Daniel left.

The 218-acre farm with a listing price of $1.2 million has two hog barns. This is where the pigs spent their miserable, dying days. There is evidence that some tried to escape, and that the few who were successful, didn’t get far before collapsing and dying just outside of the barn. “It was a horrible situation,” Bumbaugh said. “They struggled and fought to get out.”

Not only are pigs intelligent animals, they also are social, protective creatures who make strong bonds with each other. Imagine the anguish they felt not only with the hunger in their stomachs, but also witnessing the slow death and suffering of their brethren.

When Farm Sanctuary, the leading farm animal protection organization in the country, heard of this willful neglect, they called for the individuals responsible to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Union Township Supervisor Gary Sheeder, an acquaintance of Daniel Clark, was appalled upon hearing the news. “This is unbelievable as far as I’m concerned,” he expressed. “I can’t believe, with as many kids as he had, that life didn’t mean more to him.”

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Diane Finlayson

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7:07PM PST on Dec 3, 2012


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8:23PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

This individual (I can't call him a person) should be put in a pig crate (so he can't move around) and left to starve!!! UNBELIEVABLE CRUELTY!!!!!

1:08AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

That's absolutely sickening and unforgivable.

12:50AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011


8:10AM PST on Mar 8, 2011

Why doesn't someone just kill this piece of shit? Oh I forgot he's human and has rights. What about the animals rights? I'm getting sick and tired of reading about all this abuse lately, what's it going to take for someone to do something about it?

9:30PM PST on Feb 26, 2011

Poor angels. Please watch and and go vegan.

6:38AM PST on Feb 21, 2011

Ghastly, but it's what happens when people see animals as units of production not living, feeling creatures. I have 8 rescued ex-battery hens who were treated in a similar way before they were rescued. The 1st 4 have been with me for just over a year. The farmer was going out of business, ran out of feed, farm was snowed in and vehicles couldn't get in to take the birds for slaughter for a week. We have a group of the lucky survivors.

Our latest rescued girls came from a farm where there wasn't even the excuse that the feed ran out on the last batch of hens and the snow stopped access to the farm. They were just not fed for the last 3 days before going to slaughter at the end of their egg-laying cycle. The hens will still lay for a day or so even without food, so the farmer just saved the money on feed, and with profit margins on eggs being so tight, why waste money on the birds

Our survivors are still v. thin 5 weeks later and too weak to lay any eggs for the time being. But they're the lucky ones.

3:03PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

why oh why are they so cruel to them????

7:58PM PST on Dec 30, 2010

He needs to be prosecuted but he also needs professional help. We need to find out why the pigs were not discovered sooner.

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