Undercover video footage exposing animal abuse at Hawkeye Sow Centers (HSC), a pig breeding factory farm in Leland, IA, was released last week by the animal advocacy group Compassion Over Killing (COK).
The video was taken by a COK investigator who worked undercover to document the miserable lives that sows and piglets are forced to endure, ranging from immobilization in gestation crates that don’t allow sows enough room to even turn around to piglets who underwent castration and tail docking with no painkillers and sick and injured pigs being left with no veterinary care, among other atrocities.
“Piglets born at this Iowa factory farm will be slaughtered at around six months of age, and as our investigator was told, some of their meat will be marketed under the brand name Hormel. While Hormel recently issued a statement that its company-owned facilities will be phasing out gestation crates, it did not commit to extending this new policy to the hundreds of independently-run facilities that ultimately supply Hormel, like HSC, which comprise the majority of Hormel’s pork,” according to COK.
This isn’t the first time the pork industry has come under fire for abuse in Iowa, which is the largest pork producing state in the U.S. Last year a Mercy for Animals investigation showed even worse abuses, and now Iowa is once again pushing for Ag Gag legislation that would make investigations like this illegal and sweep abuse under the rug.
Undercover investigations have played an important role in educating the public about abuses that occur on farms and have also drawn attention to standard industry practices that are inhumane. In some cases, investigations have lead to criminal charges being filed and new laws being enacted.
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