Prosecute Farmers Accused of Hitting Pigs with Cans and Boards

Pig Farm

Target: Brittny Lewton, 13th Judicial District Attorney

Goal: Charge former farm employees with animal abuse for allegedly hitting pigs with cans and boards.

Seven farmers were allegedly caught on tape grossly abusing pigs, but they were not brought up on criminal charges. If these farmers get away with this behavior, others will likely think it is acceptable to emulate their actions.

Farmers working for Seaboard Foods were reportedly caught on camera hitting pigs with cans and boards. Unfortunately, pigs were also hoarded into stalls until the stalls were overcrowded. Even worse, a pig was shot with a stun gun while other animals helplessly watched.

Although everyone agrees with the food supplier’s decision to fire the workers, not everyone agrees the former employees’ behavior was severe enough to justify them being brought up on criminal charges. In fact, this is the viewpoint of District Attorney Brittny Lewton, who claims that the farmers’ actions towards the pigs only violated company policy.

Mercy for Animals objects to this decision. However, since there are no federal laws set in place to protect animals that live on farms and furthermore, since farm animals are not usually protected under animal cruelty laws, these callous animal abusers will likely get away with their unacceptable actions.

Sign this petition and let District Attorney Brittny Lewton know that it is not okay to let these people get away with abusing innocent animals. If they are not prosecuted, farm animals will likely continue to suffer more instead of less.


Dear Attorney Lewton,

Pigs on a Colorado farm were allegedly severely abused by workers. While it is good news that these workers were fired, it is ridiculous that they will not be brought up on criminal charges. If these people are not prosecuted, more people will likely not hesitate to follow their poor example in the future.

Mercy for Animals caught the workers on tape allegedly hitting pigs with cans and boards, hoarding animals into tight spaces and even shooting a pig in the head with a stun gun as other animals looked on with fear. According to the American Humane Association, seventy percent of people who abuse animals also commit other crimes, including crimes that are violent. In reference, these former farmers have clearly proven through their actions that they are capable of far worse than abusing animals.

Even if the pigs are considered to be property, there are laws against damaging other people’s things. Therefore, a competent attorney should be able to find some way to criminally charge these horrible people for their deplorable actions.

For all of these reasons, I urge you to bring these former workers up on criminal charges, and to prosecute them immediately. People who abuse animals do not deserve jobs. However, they do deserve to have criminal records that will make it more difficult for them to find jobs in the future.


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  1. Close down the farms where this is happening, forbid these pieces of crap from ever having another animal in their possession, prosecute these mean, hateful bastards, and throw them in prison for as long as possible for felony animal abuse and I hope the other prisoners beat the living s__t out of them every day. Confiscate all the animals, and send them to sanctuaries or other farms where they will be treated with love & respect. There is no excuse for this kind of meanness, it is intolerable and disgusting. These animals have feelings, and have committed no crime~~let them live out their lives in peace away from those rotten bastards who have mistreated them so badly.

    • mark gillono says:

      “Passively accepting these beliefs, carnists take pride in eating “cage- free” eggs, hams from “free” pigs, cheese from the milk belonging to “humanely raised” cow’s calves, and legs from “free” dead chickens. These consumers have become washed into believing that a little improvement in egg, meat, and dairy production has stopped the harm. They settle for the slight inconvenience of choosing and paying for a different box of eggs or a non-factory-farmed slab of meat. They believe in happy death, happy meat fantasies, and thus find escape from doing what is really needed. They avoid true and effective personal change.”-Will Anderson

  2. Bernadette Bodel says:

    Please don’t waste my precious time sending me emails that don’t affect me. I am not living in America, send these to Americans who can better fight the fight.
    As an Australian farmer, I have not seen one act of cruelty in the 10 years that I have lived on our farm. My husband is a compassionate man who cares for his animals.
    This cruelty is not the norm in Australia I am pleased to say.

    • mark gillono says:

      there is no such thing as “humane” exploitation. if one truly cares for animals, as opposed to caring about how the animals can benefit you personally, they do not wish to see them harmed or killed. ALL forms of using non-human animals as a means to our own ends are violent and cruel when looked at from the viewpoint of the innocent, helpless victims. “It is a healthy, natural reaction for someone who witnesses the brutalities inflicted upon nonhuman animals in the agriculture industry for the first time, to ask, “how can we stop this from happening?”. The simple truth is that there remains only one answer, only one way to stop it from happening. We must end the consumption of animal-based products. Until then, nonhuman animals will always be placed in “livestock” conditions, they will always be exploited, they will always be abused and they will always be slaughtered. You cannot teach someone that a life-form has any real value when it is considered acceptable to enslave, kill and eat said being. Whilst humanity views nonhuman animals as resources, mere commodities, they will always be victims of our barbarity. There is no “humane” way to treat a slave and there certainly is no “humane” procedure to take a life.”

  3. I am sick to the stomach hearing about animal abuse the perpetrators should be sent to prison with only bread and water they also should be named and shamed

  4. These humans/idiots are a DANGER to us all! Animals MUST be protected — they are innocent and vulnerable — they deserve our love, care, protection and respect! They have the right to live healthy lives happily and comfortably — ALL WHO ABUSE, HARM AND KILL ANIMALS should be jailed — if imprisonment doesn’t teach these idiots the right lesson, they should be thrown into rubber rooms for the mentally deficient, for the psychopaths, for the sociopaths! SOCIETY MUST TREAT THESE CRIMES SERIOUSLY and TAKE THE SICKOS OFF THE STREETS!

  5. mark gillono says:

    “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

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