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1300 Piglets Euthanized On Farm Because Of Abuse

1300 Piglets Euthanized On Farm Because Of Abuse

Once again innocent animals became the victims of abuse in the commercial farming industry when 1,300 piglets had to be euthanized on a farm in Canada. Hog farmers and authorities are blaming the drought in the U.S. and the high cost of feed for the tragedy.

The Manitoba government said the piglets were located after a call came in Friday about the mistreatment. The Chief Veterinarian was forced to immediately euthanize the piglets “to avoid further pain and suffering” after they were found “in severe distress.”

The hog industry warned that more animals could face the same fate because farmers are being forced to sell the animals for record low prices or try to feed them on record high prices for corn.

Doug Chorney, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers said, “… troubles in the pork industry mean weanlings are now essentially worthless.” Farmers are “depopulating” their barns of the young animals.

A full investigation into the disaster was initiated, but no charges under the Animal Care Act have been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.

While the government is not revealing the name of the farm or details about the type of abuse endured by the piglets, a local rendering company was identified as the entity that notified authorities. August 24 the company said a call came in from a farm that needed a pickup for 450 twenty-pound weanlings and 1,100 ten to fifteen-pound animals.

When the farmer would not disclose why so many piglets were dead or nearly dead, the company contacted the police.

Gary Stordy of the Canadian Pork Council said due to the dire circumstances in the industry they have started to encourage farmers to “seek help if they’re no longer able to support their herds.”

“They should reach out to their local SPCA or their local provincial hog board to review what can be done,” said Stordy. He also pointed out that being cruel to animals caught in the middle of this terrible situation is not an acceptable solution.

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12:36PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

If those socalled Hog farmers and the independent panel says that Abusing Pigs are OK !!!SO WHY DON'T WE ALL animal lovers GET TOGETHER AND ABUSE THOSE PEOPLE who says it is OK Obviously it has TO BE OK TOO. You scums you all should burn in hell for the longest time is my prayer. This is a cruel disgusting quick money making industry for the Greedy filthy bastards. No animal should be abused and suffer & doing such evil act is NEVER OK. You all should get some unknown deseases for murdering these innocent animals and should suffer the longest painful agonizing Death-bed horror.

11:39PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

I hope those filthy bastards rot in hell... after being ripped into pieces and fed to pigs.

5:18PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

If the economy is so bad, then stop breeding. No excuse for neglect or abuse.

6:34PM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

With factory farming animals are just another product.....like TVs or computers. To cut down on this go veggie or go veggie three or four times a week. One doesn't need to eat meat every day.

3:37AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Being a city girl I admit I don't know much about farming, but surely there is something cheap he could have fed his pigs. There is no excuse for abusing them.

1:16PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

It truly doesn't surprise me, how wicked man is, how dam selfish they are to kill that many pigs just because of a drought. What, humans are next, because we can't eat due to lack of food from no rain, or high cost of food which we can't afford, and God forbid if we get sick, might as well give us the needle since they are cutting medicare and more. The piglets should not have died. If you can't take the heat of responsibilty, then use your brain and don't get yourself back, or into a big responsibilty such as farming and caring for animals then killing them because of your selfish let it be and wants. Animals have a right to be fruitful and multipile. Gosh, people are so wicked. One day, this sh*t of killing and abusing animals will come to an end and if I had my way, it would end NOW.

1:06PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

It truly doesn't surprise me, how wicked man is, how dam selfish they are to kill that many pigs just because of a drought. What, humans are next, because we can't eat due to lack of food from no rain, or high cost of food which we can't afford, and God forbid if we get sick, might as well give us the needle since they are cutting medicare and more. The piglets should not have died. If you can't take the heat of responsibilty, then use your brain and don't get yourself back, or into a big responsibilty such as farming and caring for animals then killing them because of your selfish let it be and wants. Animals have a right to be fruitful and multipile. Gosh, people are so wicked. One day, this sh*t of killing and abusing animals will come to an end and if I had my way, it would end NOW.

1:06PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

It truly doesn't surprise me, how wicked man is, how dam selfish they are to kill that many pigs just because of a drought. What, humans are next, because we can't eat due to lack of food from no rain, or high cost of food which we can't afford, and God forbid if we get sick, might as well give us the needle since they are cutting medicare and more. The piglets should not have died. If you can't take the heat of responsibilty, then use your brain and don't get yourself back, or into a big responsibilty such as farming and caring for animals then killing them because of your selfish let it be and wants. Animals have a right to be fruitful and multipile. Gosh, people are so wicked. One day, this sh*t of killing and abusing animals will come to an end and if I had my way, it would end NOW.

2:10PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

This is absolutely Horrible. Shame on all who did this and who actually killed them. Rot In Hell!!

12:52PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

This is awful!

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