Heard about pig abuse? We have too!

Sadly we too have heard about more potential pig abuse. As farmers we are continually looking to improve the way we care for our animals. Mistakes are made and from those come new opportunities to provide better training to employees and ultimately comfort to the animals.

If you have questions here are some farmers that raise pigs and that show the way they farm:

Chinn Hog Farms Missouri

The Maschhoffs Illinois

The Bacon Blogger Missouri

 

The farm in question has a response on their site:

Iowa Select Farms

 

Here are some non pork farmers views:

AdFarm visits an Ohio Pork Farm

Dust on the Dashboard

Agriculture Proud

 

Many other farmers have expressed their opinions before:

Farmers who care about animals.

 

Below are the words of the President of the Iowa Pork Producers Association in reply to the alleged pig abuse:

Animal well-being is job one for pork producers!
Pigs are raised today by farmers who have dedicated their life to providing for the best in health, well-being and safety of their animals and about the safety of the food they produce. 

Pork producers also recognize that consumers are asking more questions about where their food comes from and how it is raised. That’s why we welcome every chance we get to talk to people about modern pork production.

Modern pork production facilities of all sizes provide animals with an environment designed especially for them to keep them safe, healthy and comfortable. This means they don’t get chilled in harsh winter weather or swelter during hot summers, which can predispose them to disease.

Pork producers believe in continuous improvement. If we can improve their product, or the way we raise our pigs or the things we do to keep the environment safe for our families and our neighbors, we do it.

Hog farmers are like the vast majority of all Americans. When it comes to managing our farms, we do the right thing for the right reasons. When mistakes are made, we fix them immediately.

As an Iowa pork producer, I am committed to producing safe, wholesome pork in a socially responsible way. No one cares more than I do about producing high-quality products, taking care of their animals and natural resources, and contributing to their communities.

Pork producers have adopted a statement of ethical principles that guides their everyday actions. So consumers know we share their values when it comes to food safety, animal well-being, participating in the life of our communities, and protecting both the environment and public health.

The We Care initiative, a joint effort of the Pork Checkoff through the National Pork Board, and the National Pork Producers Council, helps producers demonstrate their accountability to established ethical principles and animal well-being practices.

Specifically, We Care helps producers demonstrate their commitment to produce safe food, safeguard natural resources, provide a work environment that is safe and consistent with the other ethical principles, contribute to a better quality of life in their communities, protect and promote animal well-being and protect public health.

Over 52,000 of America’s pork producers are certified in Pork Quality Assurance Plus® and more than 14,590 sites have been independently assessed as part of the industry’s continuous improvement educational program that helps us assure consumers that we are producing safe, high-quality pork and that we are providing the best possible care for our animals.

Leon Sheets
President
Iowa Pork Producers Association

 

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2 comments for “Heard about pig abuse? We have too!

  1. July 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Great post Ray! 

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  2. Mark Lathrop
    July 5, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Not only do we have the public to answer to…we have our next generation & family members, to provide an examle for.  There are always a few that set the wrong example, no matter what the profession.  Great post Ray. 

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