Cruelty Exposed at Iowa Factory Farm

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 Hormelís 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.


Please sign the petition asking Iowa legislators to oppose Ag Gag legislation and to hold agribusiness accountable.

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William C
William C9 months ago

Thank you for the news.

Mark Donner
Mark Donner4 years ago

I move for public execution as a penalty for anyone who runs a slaughterhouse or animal factory farm and any workers involved in that, in Iowa or elsewhere. I cannot imagine any penalty more fitting for those subhuman monsters than death.

Lyn Romaine
Lynelle Romaine4 years ago

I could not finish looking at this awful video. My heart goes out to the person who had to take this video to show what goes on with these barbarians who call themselves farmers. This is just plain ATROCIOUS!!! I honestly hope they ALL GO OUT OF BUSINESS AND LOSE THEIR FARMS!!!!! And that's the LEAST of what I REALLY hope for them. If there were a way to drop a bomb on every farm up there breeding pigs that would be even better.
This is not the first time that Iowa has come into the news about their breeding practices. And I would not buy ANYTHING from Hormel and there is another one I cannot think of right now because my mind is too messed to think after seeing the little I saw. This is just OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!

valda p.
valda p4 years ago

President Roosevelt said on the day- Japan attacked- Pearl harbour-it would go down in history as a day of- Infamy-and it will go down as a day of infamy for -animals -the day the Govenor Terry Branstad of Iowa applied for a law to protect the abusers of defensless animals the -Ag-Gag laws, making it open slather for -'Those who do have something to hide' -shame on him and those who supported him for their own vested interest's--a law should also be introduced that those who participate in this debauchery to the animals -must stamp their products with-Ag-Gag laws applied so we know these products come from farms that put- profit before- the humane treatment of animals.

Phyllis P.
Phyllis Prichard5 years ago

And we call ourselves civilized!!!

Alice G.
Alice G5 years ago

Let's kill them and eat them. These are monsters that don't deserve to live. It makes me so sick. Morons, bastards, it's the least I can say about these sub-human, degenerate products of the human society. Shame on our civilization, shame on those that close their eyes and cover their ears, and continue to take pleasure in eating the flesh of these abused innocents. Karma will for sure pay to each and everyone that participates in this organized crime.

Harsha R.
Harsha R5 years ago

Most of these farmers are just concerned about profit. They have become so greedy that they have no conscience left. Pathetic and evil people.

Borg Drone
Past Member 5 years ago

the things humans do for money..

Cynthia Mattera
Cynthia Mattera5 years ago

This sadistic!!! I just don;t understand how they can hurt innocent creatures like they do??
What goes around comes around. I hope one day what they did to those helpless pigs, is done to them.Shame on them!!!

An eye for an eye!!

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege5 years ago