Updated Statement From NPPC On Animal Abuses At An Oklahoma Farm

The National Pork Producers Council was contacted at 11:07 Eastern time this morning by Mercy For Animals, asking that it retract part of its earlier statement on a video the animal-rights group released today showing animal abuse on an Oklahoma farm.

While NPPC was unaware that any reports of the abuse were made to local authorities and expressed its opinion that it appeared that the video was not provided to Oklahoma law enforcement authorities, Mercy For Animals advised the following about NPPC’s earlier statement:

“This statement is factual [sic] incorrect and not based on truth or reality. Mercy For Animals contact [sic] local law enforcement while our investigator was still in the facility to report cruelty. Further, we met with law enforcement immediately and provided them with full evidence, a legal complaint, and expert statements. This was all done well in advance of contacting any media outlet.”

The Mercy For Animals undercover video shows workers abusing animals, actions that violate the high standards of the U.S. pork industry. NPPC and America’s hog farmers do not condone and, in fact, strongly condemn practices that are not in accord with U.S. pork industry best practices. NPPC calls on Oklahoma authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and to bring criminal charges against workers who abused animals.

Providing humane and compassionate care for their pigs at every stage of life is one of the ethical principles to which U.S. pork producers adhere. U.S. pork producers are committed to caring for animals in a way that protects their well-being. Just as it is to others, abuse of animals is appalling to pork producers. Farmers do not defend and will not accept abuse of animals.

Nov. 20, 2013

 

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NPPC is the global voice for the U.S. pork industry, protecting the livelihoods of America’s 67,000 pork producers, who abide by ethical principles in caring for their animals, in protecting the environment and public health and in providing safe, wholesome, nutritious pork products to consumers worldwide. For more information, visit www.nppc.org.