two extensive investigations have come to light focusing on two completely separate pig farms, and the abuses are reprehensible. quick note/reminder: cruelty laws do not protect farm animals.
first, a snippet of what happened in south dakota:
A year-long investigation by the Humane Farming Association (HFA) of the Sun Prairie Rosebud Operation pig farm in Mellette County, South Dakota, found widespread and systematic abuse of roughly 100,000 pigs.
Gratuitous abuse of pigs was common. Workers would extinguish cigarettes on their bodies, beat them with rakes and shovels, kick them, stick poles in their stomach ruptures, strangle them, throw them into manure pits to drown, slit their throats to watch them bleed to death, and stick electric prods in their eyes, ears, mouth, vaginas, and anuses. These abuses were condoned by management.
Workers killed pigs typically by smashing their heads repeatedly against the concrete floors or metal rails or by standing on their necks. Larger pigs were often beaten to death with hammers, rebar rods, and angle irons. Others had a water hose placed in their mouths until they burst. Animals thrown in the dead pile often remained alive for days.
and then, in nebraska, things are just as awful. here’s an excerpt:
An investigation of a Nebraska pig farm conducted by the Humane Farming Association (HFA) found pigs suffering from extreme neglect and mistreatment. Pigs were kept in metal crates so small that they could barely move and were covered in open sores on their faces, heads, shoulders, backs, and legs from rubbing against the sides of the crates. According to a worker at the farm, “They all have sores … there’s hardly a pig in there who doesn’t have a sore.”
The pigs lived in crates that were caked in feces directly above a pit of their own waste, and many suffered from skin infections caused by the pervasive excrement. The floor was in such a state of disrepair that dozens of piglets had fallen through and drowned in their own excrement. Other piglets got their heads stuck in the bars of their crates and died from the cold or from being crushed. Pigs were observed with abscesses bigger than volleyballs, profusely bleeding wounds, broken legs, missing hooves, and numerous other injuries, none of which was given any treatment.
if you’re feeling skeptical, you can look at the pictures and videos on the linked pages. they really speak for themselves. there’s also a page full of quotes, courtesy of workers on the south dakota farm.
the worst part is that this is common practice, all over the country. this is where most people’s food comes from. 99% of meat, dairy, and eggs comes from factory farms like these. THIS IS NORMAL. this is bacon, pepperoni, ham, and sausage. this is heartbreaking, is what it is.