Target: Ron Ketchem, Owner, Professional Swine Management
Goal: End the beatings and abuse of pigs.
Multiple workers at Eagle Point Farms, managed by Professional Swine Management in Illinois, have sent complaints to the Illinois Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare (IBAW). After a guided tour of the facilities, an inspector stated that they saw no signs of pig abuse. An investigation by the Chicago Tribune has found that IBAW regularly dismisses worker complaints of this sort and has not found any animal welfare infractions in the state in the past five years. This is due, in part at least, to the complete lack of inspectors on payroll at IBAW; the organization has six for the whole state.
State of Illinois legislation is also partially to blame. Illinois law makes it a potential felony to record people without their knowledge and so, no undercover efforts have been mounted to prove these claims. Still, the Chicago Tribune has managed to piece together a rather disturbing image of the kinds of abuse that occur at Eagle Point and other large-scale pig farms in Illinois. Through court records, workers’ compensation claims and animal abuse reports, the Tribune found that pigs were regularly beaten with rods and stabbed with pens or pliers to move them from stall to stall. This abuse must be stopped.
Dear Fred Kuhr,
Multiple workers at Eagle Point Farms, managed by your company, Professional Swine Management, have filed animal abuse complaints, having witnessed the torture of pigs. The Illinois Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare has come up with nothing in their investigations, while the Chicago Tribune, on the other hand, has found a history of animal abuse at the farm.
Multiple whistleblowers who have worked at Eagle Point Farms have been fired for reasons supposedly unrelated to these actions. They allege that pigs have been beaten, stabbed and whipped. We urge you to seriously investigate this matter and immediately fire those responsible for these abuses. It is criminal the way these animals have been treated and we demand that you work to stop this brutal abuse.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary