January 17, 2018

Five Workers at Wyoming Premium Farms Convicted of Animal Cruelty

The Humane Society has released a press statement about the five employees from the Wheatland, Wyoming Premium Farms facility that have been convicted on multiple counts of cruelty to animals after that agency conducted an undercover investigation. Tyson Foods severed its relationship with that farm after the videos documenting cruelty and abuse were released.

The videos show Wyoming Premium workers “kicking live piglets like soccer balls, swinging sick piglets in circles by their hind legs, striking mother pigs with their fists and repeatedly and forcefully kicking them as they resisted leaving their young, among other abuses.”┬áThe HSUS investigation also found breeding pigs confined day and night in gestation creates, which are tiny cages that immobilize animals for their entire lives. Those crates, which are used in the Tyson supply chain, have been eliminated by many food companies, including Bob Evans, Applebee’s, General Mills, Arby’s, and ConAgra Foods, albeit not until 2022 by some corporations.

Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president for investigations at the Humane Society of the United States, said, “all animals deserve humane treatment, including animals raised for food. We are grateful to law enforcement officials for pursuing charges in this case, and we hope that these convictions will deter further abuse of animals on industrial factory farms.”

The Humane Society is also fighting anti-whistleblower laws, called “ag gag” bills, which seek to criminalize whistleblowing on factory farms. HSUS says, “instead of working to prevent these abuses from occurring, the agribusiness industry has been working to prevent people from finding out about such problems by supporting anti-whistleblower bills. Sixty groups, including civil liberties, public health food safety, environmental, animal welfare, and workers’ rights groups strongly oppose anti-whistleblower bills.

Comments

  1. julie blackwood says:

    The only way any abuse can be stopped is when no one wants to eat meat anymore. There is no humane production of ‘food animals’ I am vegan, so to me, and a growing number of people, animals are not ‘food’
    It is ridiculous to expect that all workers in farms and slaughter houses will treat animals with anything other than contempt, as they are not recognising the animal as a sentient being who has any rights to live , except for the ‘use’ of humans.
    The environment of a slaughter plant is not condussive with kindness. Cameras, CCTV , ETC ETC WILL not stop what the meat eating public do not want stopped. Anyone truly concerned and I mean truly, would vote with their wallets , not buy meat, milk, eggs and fish. The environment is suffering, people are suffering and starving, and the arguments build. It is time to take a side, to kill or not to kill, and I don’t mean Bill.

  2. Tami Hastings says:

    Hallelujah!! This type of behavior gives humans a bad name and makes me want to cry. Shame on those employees and shame on any industry that allows any cruelty in the name of profit.

  3. Martta-Liisa Harju says:

    More news like this. It should never be or become a criem to expose animal abuse in farm factories, fur farms puppy mills or anywhere else.

  4. Stop Ag Gag Laws from Passing – Sign the Federal Petition and Help Spread the Word – http://tinyurl.com/bnlnwu3 – #AgGagBad

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