Kinship Circle: Update/Act: Penalize Pig Abusers

October 28th, 2008 6:32 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 5:59 PM
Subject: Update/Act: Penalize Pig Abusers

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10/26/08: Penalize Pig Torturers At Iowa Farm
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UPDATE: PIG TORTURERS FACE 22 COUNTS OF ANIMAL ABUSE

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ORIGINAL ALERT & PHOTOS FROM UNDERCOVER VIDEO:
9/17/08: Hormel’s Pigs: Slammed, Cut, Spray-Painted
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1759&seriesfirst=true

We asked food giant Hormel to terminate employees implicated in abuse and install video surveillance cameras at its contracted hog farms…after PETA’s undercover tapes exposed an Iowa farm battering pigs with metal rods, crushing piglets, and more. Since then, Greene County officials have charged some abusers seen in PETA’s video. EVERY TIME charges are filed in “livestock” abuse, this is a mini-victory in itself — since these animals are seen as commodities, not living creatures. Please thank officials for their action and urge them to follow through with arrest and prosecution.

THOSE CHARGED ARE (Source – Green County Sheriff’s Office):

— Jordan M. Anderson, 26, of Audubon, a former on-site manager: aiding and abetting livestock abuse-two counts, aggravated misdemeanor; and Livestock Neglect, one count, simple misdemeanor.

— Greg W. Hackler, 18, of Jefferson, a former employee: Livestock abuse, two counts, aggravated misdemeanor.

— Shawn M. Lyons, 35, of Bayard, still employed: Livestock neglect, one count, simple misdemeanor.

— Shelly A. Mauch, 34, of Scranton, still employed: Livestock neglect, one count, simple misdemeanor.

— Richard M. Ralston, 27, of Bayard, a former employee: Livestock abuse, five counts, aggravated misdemeanor.

— Alan B. Rettig, 60, of Scranton, a former employee: Livestock abuse, five counts, aggravated misdemeanor

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Nicola J. Martino, County Attorney
Greene County Attorney’s Office
Greene County Courthouse
114 N. Chestnut / Jefferson, IA 50129
ph: 515-386-3474; fax: 515-386-3850
email: attorney [at] co.greene.ia.us

Thomas F. Heater, Sheriff
Greene County Sheriff Office
204 S. Chestnut Street / Jefferson, IA 50129
ph: 515-386-2136; fax: 515-386-3911
email: theater [at] greenecountysheriff.net

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller
1305 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines IA 50319
ph: 515-281-5164; fax: 515-281-4209
email: webteam [at] ag.state.ia.us

Iowa Attorney General, Environmental & Farm Divisions
Lucas State Office Bldg.
321 E. 12th Street, Ground Floor, Room 018
Des Moines, IA 50319
ph: 515/281-5351; fax: 515/242-6072
email: farm [at] ag.state.ia.us

Congressman Tom Latham
1421 South Bell Avenue, Suite 108A / Ames, Iowa 50010
ph: 515-232-2885; fax: 515-232-2844
email: tom.latham [at] mail.house.gov

Senator Charles E. ‘Chuck’ Grassley
721 Federal Building
210 Walnut Street / Des Moines, IA 50309
ph: 515-288-1145; fax: 515-288-5097
web mail: http://grassley.senate.gov/contact.cfm

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Dear Officials Of Greene County And The State Of Iowa:

I thank the offices of the Greene County Sheriff and Attorney for their probe into alleged animal abuse at a Minnesota-owned MowMar hog factory, operated by Suidae Health and Production, in Greene County, Iowa. I understand PETA investigators working at this farm filed a complaint on September 15, 2008.

Among those videotaped mistreating pigs, six people now face 22 counts of livestock neglect and abuse. I commend the prompt action of county officials and urge all Iowa lawmakers to uphold a no-tolerance policy for abuse within the livestock industry. Please follow through with the arrest and prosecution of these employees. Their egregious cruelty has garnered worldwide attention.

As you are aware, PETA’s video depicts workers at this Hormel supplier battering pigs with metal gate rods. One supervisor thrusts a cane into a sow’s vagina and smacks her back some 17 times. Clothespins and fingers are poked into pigs’ eyes and faces. Piglet’s heads are crushed against a floor and they’re tossed into a bin to die. A worker beats a piglet’s face with the rim of a herding board, a method that investigators saw repeatedly. An employee even spray paints the nostrils of a nursing sow.

“Beat on the bitch. Make her cry,” a supervisor advises, as he kicks a young pig’s face, abdomen and genitals. The dismissive nature of these workers indicates their cruelty is commonplace.

While Iowa’s livestock neglect and abuse laws are classified as misdemeanors only — the arrest, prosecution and punishment of these employees sends a loud message. For those charged with aggravated misdemeanor, please seek maximum penalties of two years in prison and a $6250 fine. Employees charged with simple misdemeanor should also be penalized to the law’s full extent, with 30 days in county jail and a $625 fine.

I encourage Iowa authorities to lead the way in ending senseless cruelty to animals on factory farms.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS

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Kinship Circle - 2008-10-26 - Penalize Pig Torturers At Iowa Farm 01

A sow with an open sore on her nose from an apparent beating with a metal gate rod.

Kinship Circle - 2008-10-26 - Penalize Pig Torturers At Iowa Farm 02

A worker slammed these piglets’ heads against the floor and left them to die in a bin.

http://www.peta.org/actioncenter/iowa_pigfarm_gallery.asp

Hog Abuse Probe Moving Quickly / Undercover PETA Video Considered Key
http://www.legalbehavior.com/articles/?p=1285

A list of charges in Iowa pig abuse case
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-abusedpigs-charge,0,7881771.story

Undercover Investigation Reveals Hormel Supplier’s Abuse of Pigs
http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/iowa_pigfarm_abuse

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