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Pig Farm Cruelty Revealed

Source & To see undercover video and photos:
http://www.peta.org/feat/invest/index.html

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After three months on a "modern" pig factory farm, PETA's undercover investigator suffered from severe coughing fits and nosebleeds. The pigs had it far, far worse.

Chaos, suffering and death. This is what PETA's undercover investigator documented at a Midwestern hog farm owned by Seaboard Farms, Inc., North America's third largest pig producer. It is a "state-of-the-art" finishing farm, where piglets are sent to be raised for four months and then shipped to slaughter. But "modern" doesn't mean humane. Our investigator found the following:

? the farm manager beating pigs to death with metal gate rods and hammers and smashing pigs' heads against the floor to kill them

? workers routinely beating, kicking and throwing pigs

? sick and injured pigs left to suffer without a veterinarian's care and hundreds of pigs dying of pneumonia and ulcers

There are 28 huge steel barns, each containing 1,000 pigs crammed together in pens. The terrible stench hits you first. The pigs live 24 hours a day on slatted floors above piles of their own waste. The ammonia rising from this cesspool is so toxic that the pigs' eyes are permanently ringed with
black from dried tears. The fumes can be deadly. A staggering number of animals - as many as 30 - died every single day from pneumonia caused by living just inches from the vats of waste and constantly breathing the gases that rise through the floor. Lying down means that the pig's snout is directly on the slats.

Veterinarians were never called into treat the pneumonia. A company veterinarian only paid visits to show new workers how to assess the cause of death. Another common cause of death is ulcers caused by the stress of living in the barns. The pigs' stomachs had large, bloody holes where the pigs had bled to death.

Some pigs suffer leg injuries from constantly standing on the hard concrete floors. The videotaped documentation shows pigs with abscessed joints swollen three times their normal size. Pigs who couldn't walk lie pitifully on the floor, their deformed legs splayed and useless. When they haven't given up entirely, they struggle to reach water and food to stay alive for one more day. One pig hobbled on a skeletal leg from which the flesh and muscle had been eaten by other pigs.

The manager often killed sick pigs by beating them in the head with a metal rod and a hammer. The video shows the pigs crying out as the rod comes down again and again on their heads and backs. After beating one pig to death, the manager laughed and told our investigator that he shouldn't let anyone see him doing that. On another day, the manager took a pig by his hind legs, swung him into the air and slammed his head on the hard floor.

Even transport to and from the farm is nightmarish. In the bitter winter cold, piglets arriving by truck after an eight hour ride are so cold that they have turned blue or even frozen to death. After four months, pigs who were sick, crippled, or too small were sent to slaughterhouses in Mexico. If they were too weak or terrified to climb the truck ramps, they were beaten. When pigs were loaded into trucks bound for American slaughterhouses, handlers often moved them along with electric prods that
deliver painful jolts. Pigs who couldn't climb the ramps were trampled to death by the others scrambling to escape the electric shocks.

PETA has presented the evidence to local officials and now needs your help. Please write polite letters urging the district attorney to file animal cruelty charges against the individuals and corporation responsible for these atrocities.

CONTACT:

Don E. Wood
District Attorney for Texas County
Texas County Courthouse
319 N. Main St.
Guymon, OK 73942
Phone 580 338-3730
Fax 580 3380528

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Please file charges against Seaboard Farms

Dear Attorney Wood,

I write to respectfully request that you file animal cruelty charges against the individuals and corporation responsible for the atrocities at Seaboard Farms, Inc., who were documented allegedly torturing pigs.

A three month undercover investigation revealed the chaos, suffering and death of the pigs on that factory farm. The undercover investigator found the following: the farm manager beating pigs to death with metal gate rods and hammers and smashing pigs' heads against the floor to kill them; workers routinely beating, kicking and throwing pigs; sick and injured pigs left to suffer without a veterinarian's care and hundreds of pigs dying of pneumonia, which veterinarians were never called in to treat; and ulcers caused by the stress of living in the barns - the pigs' stomachs had large, bloody holes where the pigs had bled to death.

The manager often killed sick pigs by beating them in the head with a metal rod and a hammer. Videotaped evidence shows the pigs crying out as the rod comes down again and again on their heads and backs. After beating one pig to death, the manager laughed and told the investigator that he shouldn't let anyone see him doing that. On another day, the manager took a pig by his hind legs, swung him into the air and slammed his head on the hard floor.

There is no excuse for such egregious cruelty on farms. As a society, we must call a halt to the inhumane treatment of animals and enforce a policy of harsh punishment for these crimes. To allow individuals guilty of perpetrating such cruel acts to go unpunished or not sufficiently punished would be to sanction these horrific crimes and allow them to continue.

I understand that you have been presented with this evidence, and I respectfully request that you file animal cruelty charges against the individuals and corporation responsible for these atrocities, and that you pursue the harshest penalty against them, including the maximum jail sentence. Please send a strong message to the rest of the farming community that such blatantly cruel treatment of animals will not be
tolerated.

Thank you for your valuable time and consideration.

Sincerely,


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SAMPLE LETTER - Long Version - Send by regular postal mail:

Dear Attorney Wood,

I write to respectfully request that you file animal cruelty charges against the individuals and corporation responsible for the atrocities at Seaboard Farms, Inc., who were documented allegedly torturing pigs.

A three month undercover investigation revealed the chaos, suffering and death of the pigs on that factory farm. The undercover investigator found the following: the farm manager beating pigs to death with metal gate rods and hammers and smashing pigs' heads against the floor to kill them; workers routinely beating, kicking and throwing pigs; sick and injured pigs left to suffer without a veterinarian's care and hundreds of pigs dying of pneumonia, which veterinarians were never called in to treat; and ulcers caused by the stress of living in the barns - the pigs' stomachs had large, bloody holes where the pigs had bled to death.

The videotaped documentation shows pigs with abscessed joints swollen three times their normal size. Pigs who couldn't walk lie pitifully on the floor, their deformed legs splayed and useless. When they hadn't given up entirely, they struggled to reach water and food to stay alive for one more day. One pig hobbled on a skeletal leg from which the flesh and muscle had been eaten by other pigs.

The manager often killed sick pigs by beating them in the head with a metal rod and a hammer. The video shows the pigs crying out as the rod comes down again and again on their heads and backs. After beating one pig to death, the manager laughed and told the investigator that he shouldn't let anyone see him doing that. On another day, the manager took a pig by his hind legs, swung him into the air and slammed his head on the hard floor.

In the bitter winter cold, piglets arriving by truck after an eight hour ride were so cold that they had turned blue or even frozen to death. Pigs too weak or terrified to climb the truck ramps were beaten. When pigs were loaded into trucks bound for American slaughterhouses, handlers often moved them along with electric prods that deliver painful jolts. Pigs who couldn't climb the ramps were trampled to death by the others scrambling to escape the electric shocks.

There is no excuse for such egregious cruelty on farms. As a society, we must call a halt to the inhumane treatment of animals and enforce a policy of harsh punishment for these crimes. To allow individuals guilty of perpetrating such cruel acts to go unpunished or not sufficiently punished
would be to sanction these horrific crimes and allow them to continue.

I understand that you have been presented with this evidence, and I respectfully request that you file animal cruelty charges against the individuals and corporation responsible for these atrocities, and that you pursue the harshest penalty against them, including the maximum jail sentence. Please send a strong message to the rest of the farming community that such blatantly cruel treatment of animals will not be tolerated.

Thank you for your valuable time and consideration.

Sincerely,

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