Target: Terry J. Holton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Seaboard Foods
Goal: Increase surveillance and inspections at pork farm where reported animal abuse is rampant.
Employees at a pig farm were allegedly beating, abusing, and even killing animals on a recent undercover video taken by a Mercy for Animals member at a Seaboard Foods farm. The video appears to depict employees hitting pigs in the face and body with large coffee cans filled with rocks, beating them with boards, and shooting them in the head in front of other animals. In past years, Seaboard Foods has been involved in several legal battles over improper animal handling procedures, improper disposal of waste, and deceptive claims about the welfare of the animals on its farms.
In response to the incident, Seaboard Foods launched an internal investigation. According to a written statement, five employees and two supervisors were fired in response to the cruelty. The nation’s third-largest pork producer reaffirmed its commitment to the proper treatment of animals, claiming it has a “zero tolerance policy for improper animal handling.” Seaboard Foods has made similar claims each time it has become embroiled in animal cruelty controversy, yet the maltreatment continues. It is clear that the measures taken to prevent similar cruelty are ineffective and insufficient.
Animal cruelty is rampant in industrial farming operations, in part due to the fact that animals are treated as commodities rather than living, sentient beings. In order to put a stop to the abuse for good, a complete overhaul of the system is necessary, including drastically increased surveillance of employees and more frequent inspections. Sign the petition below to demand that Seaboard Foods create and implement an aggressive plan to finally stop the abuse of animals at its farms.
Dear Mr. Terry J. Holton,
An undercover Mercy for Animals investigation recently revealed evidence of shocking abuse at a Seaboard Foods farm in Colorado. Employees were allegedly found beating animals with boards and coffee cans filled with rocks, and even shooting pigs in the head while surrounded by other animals.
While seven employees were fired in response to the incident, recurring complaints against Seaboard Foods suggest that not enough is being done to deter animal cruelty, as several charges of animal cruelty, improper disposal of waste, and deceptive animal welfare claims have been filed against Seaboard Foods in the past. We, the undersigned, demand that you step up to ensure that all employees are treating animals respectfully by increasing surveillance and inspections.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Scott Bauer, USDA