Iowa: Firing and Lawsuit in Pig Abuse
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: October 24, 2008
A company said it fired the manager of a hog farming operation where workers were videotaped abusing pigs, and six were charged this week with crimes. The announcement by MowMar Farms came after a decision by the Greene County sheriff to charge the six employees with animal abuse and neglect. The company no longer employs the six workers, MowMar said. The farm near Bayard, Iowa, supplies Hormel Foods of Austin, Minn. A video released a month ago by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals depicts workers hitting sows with metal rods, slamming piglets on a concrete floor and bragging about jamming rods into the anuses of sows. (AP) Link
You will not find anyone in agriculture that would approve of how these animals were treated. The Greene County Sherriff has determined that it will charge these workers with animal abuse and neglect and now it will be up to our court system to determine their guilt or innocence. Rare instances like these are truly upsetting to those of us that work hard to ensure that our animals are well cared for.