AGRIBUSINESS: Pork Producers Will Not Accept Animal Abuse

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A new video from a hidden camera shows abuse at an Oklahoma pig farm.  The video’s release by the activist group Mercy for Animals has prompted condemnation from the pork industry.

The National Pork Producers Council said the actions violate the high standards of the U.S. pork industry.  The NPPC and America’s hog farmers said they strongly condemn practices that are not in accord with U.S. pork industry best practices.

The NPPCC is calling on state authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and to bring criminal charges against the workers who abused animals.

The NPPC said they find the abuse appalling because they strive toward providing humane and compassionate care for pigs at every state of life is one of the ethical principles to which U.S. pork producers adhere. The U.S. pork producers said they are committed to caring for animals in a way that protects their well-being.

Mercy for Animals told the NPPC it reported the cruelty to local law enforcement while its investigation was ongoing.

In Iowa, a bill passed last year by Gov. Branstad prohibits hidden-camera videos in livestock operations.

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