Largest US Pork Producer Ignores Welfare Promises

Smithfield Foods, the country’s largest pork producer, has reneged on its own promise to eliminate gestation crates and improve pig welfare according to an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States.

Forgive me if I’m not surprised.

An undercover employee of HSUS took footage with a hidden camera inside a pig farm operated by a Smithfield subsidiary, Murphy-Brown, and found the same long list of horrors that have permeated any discussion of modern pig farming. 

Pregnant and nursing sows were confined behind bars covered in their own blood from trying to bite their way out, live pigs were thrown in with piles of pig corpses, piglets were found having fallen through holes in the floor into manure pits, and pigs were denied veterinary care for open wounds and abscesses.

All this from the company that touts its “industry-leading animal welfare” program on the Murphy-Brown website.

Companies like Smithfield are interested in profits first, and animals last. The cognitive dissonance that it requires to kill animals by the thousands while at the same time claiming to be concerned about the animals’ well-being is illustrated every time that they implement some new “animal welfare initiative.”

Policies like the phasing out of gestation crates for sows or battery cages for hens are meaningless publicity stunts, even when they are implemented as promised. Moves like these are not designed to change the lives of animals, but to placate consumers who feel guilty about the treatment of the animals they eat.

The lives of the animals we eat are never going to be improved until they become the animals we do not eat. As long as animals are considered the property of humans to be bred, raised, and killed at whatever time and by whatever method is most convenient and cost-effective to us, then animals will continue to live short lives full of torture and unabated misery.

If you wish to improve the lives of animals on planet Earth, then go vegan.

End your support of companies like Smithfield that profit from the exploitation of animals, and refuse to be pacified by their mediocre attempts to make their industry seem more humane. 

Reject the inhumanity, cruelty, torture, and murder inherent in the animal agriculture industry and every other industry that exploits animals for profit.

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Penelope L.
Penelope Low2 years ago

Diane L does have a point. It would be nice to have current articles.

Diane L.
Diane L.2 years ago

Here we go again. Anyone notice the date on this? It's TWO YEARS OLD. Why does anyone think that the information in the article is even accurate now? I'm amazed at how many people blindly comment to an article like this without noticing the date, and yes, I have it checked to get comments sent to my IN BOX, which is how I was alerted to new comments, but seriously, the first person to comment in almost an entire, year............LMj............ should have noticed the length of time since the last comment............let's not get yet another very old discussion all fired up again. It's bad enough there are already half a dozen resurrected ones on veganism and absolutely not a single new piece of information in any of them...........simply started arguments all over again.

Dale Overall

If one chooses not to eat meat, feel free. Not all farms are factory farms and many people prefer their meat, eggs/veggie/fruit sources from non-factory farm sources. This way we avoid the toxins such as antibiotics, growth hormones, GMO feeds not to mention veggies doused in pesticides.
With Monsanto and GMO running rampant one wonders what will be the fate of plant based foods in some 30 years from now...will anything natural even exist as Monsanto rides the seeds of destruction? I eat some meat, organically raised and avoid GMO veggies/pesticides galore.

LMj Sunshine

Shame on them!

LMj Sunshine

Shame on them!

Darren Tan
Darren Tan3 years ago

Although I try to be vegetarian, it's hard!

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

I do still eat some meat--even I know how hypocritical that is, so I'm weaning myself off meat, but it is hard.
One meat I'll most certainly never eat again is pork--this is simply too disgusting!
We need to phase out all slaughter-houses, and "meat-farms", and try to return to the more wholesome farm-- cow, pig, chickens--owned by farmers and their families.
People, I think we've gone too far and lost our way!

Marlene Dinkins
Marlene Dinkins4 years ago

smithfeilds make me sick!!!!!! how come for jesus christ!!!!! why kill mothers with little baies pigglets????? why????? the farms factories or what ever they call them are just criminals!!!!!! this families of piglets have rigth to live!!!!!! this is very wrong.

Blacktiger P.
Blacktiger P.4 years ago

The food industry has it's Koch Bros. anywhere that a dollar can be made as cheaply as possible. Oh excuse me, they do have their fingers in that pie too. What can you expect?

Eileen Young
Eileen Young4 years ago

If you are a meat eater and not a vegetarian, find out where your pork comes from and refuse it. They may just get the message. What are our law makers doing???? Why are Smithfields still allowed to commit these atrocities?????????