Ugh! For those of you who don't know The Humane Society of the United States, (HSUS - NOT YOUR LOCAL SHELTER), released a new "undercover video" today from a Wyoming swine farm. Yes, I watched it & am enraged with them & the workers of that farm. They take one bad farm & slap it as the cover for all hog confinement units. Being a small time hog farmer, I am extremely appalled of those workers & believe they should be fired & never be allowed to work with animals again. In that camera's position, why did they sit there & let it happen? If they were an employee, they should've gone to their boss with complaints.... oh wait, they were undercover for an organization that is trying to bring an end to animal agriculture!
99% of hog farmers are compassionate about their animals & want them to live their life to its full extent (after all that's how they make money). Farmers are required to adhere to the National Pork Producers Councils guidelines to make sure the animals are being treated fairly. There is also a certification program, Pork Quality Assurance (PQA), which goes over the ethical treatment of our animals through every stage of life & there after. I have been certified in this ever since I was a kid. Then there's the issue of animal cruelty in gestation crates. Well, there are pros & cons to those, as in every situation. It's all going to boil down to pig population, people safety & how much you want to pay for your chops.
If you know anyone that watches that video & gets upset & says, "I'm never eating pork again" remind them that those types of people are very few & usually don't have a job for very long. Please do your research & ask questions before believe an activists 'undercover video' of an isolated incident.