An undercover investigation by Mercy for Animals has revealed horrific animal cruelty at a factory farm owned and operated in Pennsylvania by Country View Family Farms, a division of Hatfield Farms. Go here to watch the video.
Call on Congress to investigate the USDA and FSIS' failure to enforce the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and failure to ban cruelty and abuse to farm animals held for food production.
Despite the happy, friendly name, an employee working undercover for Mercy for Animals says pigs are suffering terrible abuse at the hands of this company.
The employee obtained a job at this pig factory farm for 3 months during which time he wore a hidden camera.
Not only were animals physically tortured, they were left without medical care and suffered horrific deaths. Employees can be seen throwing pigs around, slamming them into walls or onto the ground, beating, kicking and shoving the animals; performing painful procedures with no anesthesia or veterinary supervision, confining the pigs in gestation crates so that they can barely move, and leaving them with painful untreated wounds and other conditions. Reports of suffering and cruelty by the undercover employee were said to be ignored.
The video also reveals abject cruelty in the slaughtering or killing of these animals. Baby pigs are literally thrown into CO2 gas chambers which don't work properly, leaving the animals suffering and alive after administration of the gas. The owners were reportedly well aware the gas chamber did not work properly but did nothing to fix it.
The video shows employees using captive bolt guns to try to stun pigs. The employees are inept and stab at the pigs' heads repeatedly. The animals are clearly suffering from massive head trauma and left to die painful, torturous deaths.
There are no federal laws to protect pigs or other animals used for food from cruelty or neglect until the slaughtering process. There is a law that requires humane slaughter, the 1958 Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, 7 USCS § 1901-1906 provides: No method of slaughtering or handling in connection with slaughtering shall be deemed to comply with the public policy of the United States unless it is humane. ...(a) [I]n the case of cattle, calves, horses, mules, sheep, swine, and other livestock, all animals are rendered insensible to pain by a single blow or gunshot or an electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut"...
Moreover, in 1978 Congress amended the Federal Meat Inspection Act, 21 USCS §§601, 603, to require humane methods of slaughter in accordance with the 1958 law.
The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act is clearly not being enforced.
I urge Congress to investigate and require the USDA/FSIS to enforce the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. I urge Congress to pass legislation requiring humane treatment of farm animals that are being held for food production.