Target: Randall D. Jones, Acting Administrator of the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration
Goal: Demand a complete ban on livestock abuse by food suppliers.
Hormel Foods immediately suspended production of the Maschhoffs Oklahoma sow operations after seeing a video allegedly depicting graphic animal abuse on their premises. The scenes apparently depicted in the video show workers mutilating piglets and leaving them to languish in pain from their injuries as well as any untreated illnesses. In addition, they pack the mother pigs into gestation crates, which are banned in 10 states and hated by many big-name food companies and restaurants. Hormel has stated that it will be conducting a thorough investigation of these crimes.
Livestock animals, even if they are raised for food, should not have to undergo such mistreatment. Whether or not an animal is eaten it is still a living creature deserving of proper care in its lifetime. Furthermore, it is believed that mistreated animals produce lesser-quality meat; GMOs and antibiotics bulk up cows and chickens, but result in the meat being less healthy for human consumption and not tasting as good.
Hormel has done a good thing in suspending Maschhoff’s Oklahoma, but this is only a small step. We must keep moving in this direction by demanding more ethical treatment of livestock, including a complete ban of gestation crates.
Dear Administrator Jones,
Hormel Foods has recently suspended production of one of its pork suppliers after a video was released apparently depicting graphic, violent abuse of the pigs housed on their premises. Baby piglets were reportedly mutilated, their testicles and tails torn off before they were left to suffer and die. Mother pigs were shown being crammed into gestation crates, which are banned in 10 states. Hormel announced it intends to investigate the supplier thoroughly.
Hormel has done a good thing by suspending operations of the supplier, but this is still a widespread problem among many meat companies and suppliers. Livestock animals are abused, force-fed antibiotics and GMOs in order to provide larger quantities of meat at the cost of quality, and forced to live in squalid conditions.
Please encourage more meat companies to investigate their suppliers to ensure that their operations are ethical, and to suspend their operation if they are discovered to be abusing the animals. Just because animals are raised for meat does not mean they do not deserve proper care.
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Photo Credit: Humane Society of the United States