AP Exclusive: Video shows workers abusing pigs
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER – 5 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — An undercover video shot at an Iowa pig farm shows workers hitting sows with metal rods, slamming piglets on a concrete floor and bragging about jamming rods up into sows' hindquarters.
On the video, obtained by The Associated Press, a supervisor tells an undercover investigator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that when he gets angry or a sow won't move, "I grab one of these rods and jam it in her (anus)."
The farm, located outside of Bayard, Iowa, about 60 miles west of Des Moines, is a supplier to Hormel Foods of Austin, Minn. PETA wants to use the results of the investigation to pressure Hormel, the maker of Spam and other food products, to demand that its suppliers ensure humane treatment of pigs.
Hormel spokeswoman Julie Henderson Craven on Tuesday called the abuses "completely unacceptable." Read More
The abuse of farm animals is not acceptable behavior. If these allegations are true, these people were acting on their own behalf and are not representative of the hard working, farming and ranching families that care for their animals. The other thing that needs to be called into question here is why the investigator didn’t do anything to stop this abuse. He admits that it took all of his willpower not to do anything when witnessing the abuse. It would seem to me that getting the footage to put on PETA’s website was more important than stopping the abuse.