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Undercover Investigation Shows the Horrors of the Pork Industry

Undercover Investigation Shows the Horrors of the Pork Industry

This week Fox News released yet another undercover investigation with video footage provided by Mercy for Animals of the cruelty inflicted on pigs at Country View Family Farms in Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania.

The video coverage was disturbing and heartbreaking to say the least, with workers tossing piglets around like footballs, leaving sick and injured animals untreated and continuing to use gassing equipment to kill piglets when they knew it was faulty and causing unnecessary pain and suffering.

“I can state unequivocally that the pigs in this facility suffered immensely…These people showed complete disregard for the welfare or well-being of the pigs,” said Dr. Nedim C. Buyukmihci, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California.

You don’t have to be a licensed veterinarian to understand the level of suffering these animals endured before being haphazardly slaughtered for pork products that were sent to stores in New England including Shaws, Hannaford and Stop and Shop under the brand name Hatfield’s.

While abuse of this nature is commonly associated with factory farming, much of what’s depicted in the footage are standard industry practices on any farm, large or small, from the confinement of gestation crates so small they cause sores to mercilessly killing the runts of the litter. 

“What we documented is standard and largely accepted by the pork industry and as a civilized society it’s our moral obligation to make sure animals don’t suffer needless cruelty. It’s important we look at these animals the same way we look at dogs and cats because there is no difference. They feel the same pain, the same joy our beloved animals at home do,” said Daniel Hauff, MFA Director of Investigations.

We all watch these videos and read the horror stories only to be left wondering how anyone could be so callous and cruel, but the reality of it is that everyone who consumes animal products is contributing to the perpetuation of suffering that simply isn’t justifiable for the mere taste of bacon or a glass of milk.

Interestingly, supporters of this industry would like the public to believe that these kinds of tales are just tactics used by animal rights activists to put farmers out of business. However, it would seem that those involved in animal rights and animal welfare aren’t doing anything but asking people to look at what’s happening and to educate themselves about where their food really comes from. The farming industry is digging it’s own grave here and has no one to blame. 

Mercy for Animals puts it well with the statement that every time we sit down to eat, we can choose compassion over cruelty. Adopting a diet free of meat, dairy, and eggs is perhaps the single most important and powerful action you can take to prevent needless cruelty to animals.

For more information about cruelty-free options, check out ChooseVeg.com.   

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2:57PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

I am a vegetarion...been one for 23 years. If we all know how bad animals are abused, why do we still eat them????? People...speak with your dollars. Don't buy meat.

11:03PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

1:01PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

People who believe that they get super power by eating Animals flesh are Morons. Killing exotic animals such as Tigers, Bears, Elephants, Rhinos, etc etc.for preparing so called medicines are a dillusional fact. Scientifically proven that eating and rubbing those cruelly butchered animals body parts would never do any good but on the contrary there are a lot of unknown deseses arise in humans body. The bottom line is they are Totally harmful to the human organs. No wonder that there are so many unnown and unrecognized new deseases have poped up in many countries such as China, India, and many more countries. But the idiotic people who does not understand any scientific facts runs for the devils products and think they arre very special and worthy. As long as we have Morons running around in this globe believing such stupid stuff are good...the most cunniving humans will keep murdering and producing the foolish unworthy so called medicines from animals and will keep selling. How pathetic is that. I am a vegetarian and I love myself and I am proud to say that I have no animal body parts rottening within my soul.

2:16PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

I am vegan of 30 + years. There's the cruelty from sick individuals and those who believe the torturing of animals when killing them and eating their flesh will give you supernatural sexual powers! Only uneducated idiots and dead souls would believe this crap! And then, there are those individuals, who, though, they've never tried, believe they could not imagine a meal without their daily portion of slaughtered meat! That too is another form of denial and stupidity or reluctance to change. Change is good! Again, it's a matter of re-educating yourself to eating healthy. How healthy do you think you can be when you are ingesting the pain, agony, tortured flesh of sentient beings? That goes into your body and feeds your organs and inbues itself in your psyche. You are eating death, and although we are all headed that way, I would prefer to give animals, all animals, a change to living their lives, naturally, peacefully, in the sunshine of what could be, a wonderful planet for all. But there are the real animals out there, those with dead eyes, who have no feelings, no concept of compassion, no reason for living because they DO NOT LIVE LIFE. THEY LIVE TO TAKE LIFE! THEY ARE VAMPIRES WHO BREATH CHAOS AND EXUDE THE STENCH OF DEATH AND A SOUL SICKNESS! THEY ARE THE ONES WHO MUST BE HUNTED TO EXTINCTION!

4:33AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

GO VEGAN for your health, the health of the planet, and most of all to STOP the torture and murder of innocent beautiful souls!!

3:34AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

E' una vera e propria schifezza.

8:29AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

When I quit eating meat, the first thing I stopped was pork. That was 34 years ago, and I never missed it.

8:27AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

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7:40AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

I agree. Telling us about these atrocities, and not giving the full picture about what is being done to stop it is frustrating to read, and tears at the very fiber of my being. Need more information about what can and what is being done to put an end to this madness and lack of humanity for animals.
I would suggest boycotting the stores who sell these products!!!!!!!! Since I live in New England I am apalled at the stores involved and will never again shop at any of them, but that is not enough. It would take massive demonstrations at each individual store.

3:46AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

What is being done here to stop this cruelty??? Anything, I wonder!!!! I cannot for the life of me believe the kind of evil, cruel, sadistic people on this earth. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!!! What evil, miserable B@#&*D's you are.

I want to know, do the comments on her get read or are we wasting our time. Are the petitions helping I want to know, as all I ever seen is these articles, which upset me so much I could curl up and die with the heartache I feel. My stomach just turns. I want feedback and whether any positive action is being made.

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