Demand Justice for Starved Livestock

Target: Patty Murray, U.S. Senator from Washington State

Goal: Punish dairy farmer accused of starving dozens of animals.

A farmer in Washington state has been accused of neglecting his livestock, allowing them to slowly starve–some of them to death. In his possession were more than 20 animals, both cattle and pigs. It’s estimated that the animals were living under these conditions for more than six months prior to when they were found by investigators. Some of the livestock had to be euthanized as a direct result of their poor treatment at this farmer’s hands.

The accused alleges that he was unable to afford their care, yet surely there were better options than just letting them starve to death. Livestock is sold regularly at auction, and even if he were only able to sell half of his stock, he would have possibly been able to afford feeding the rest. Sign this petition to enact justice for these cows and pigs who were so cruelly treated.


Dear Senator Murray,

A Washington state dairy farmer is accused of allowing his livestock to starve, some to death. He says he was unable to afford their care, but appears to have made no effort to protect them by selling off some or all of them, even letting them die before trying to get help. Even if the pigs were to be sent to slaughter early, surely that would be preferable to dying a slow agonizing death from starvation.

The USDA decided to investigate his farm but this was after a six month period of neglect. We can not allow animals to be neglected for any length of time, let alone a full six months. Horrible atrocities could have been committed in this time frame. The accused farmer is only facing five counts of animal cruelty, even though more than 20 animals were starved for months at a time. Luckily only five died from it. Please take action to punish this man for allegedly allowing his livestock to live in such deplorable conditions, without even their most basic needs met.


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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    A dairy farmer who starves his own animals is a disgusting farmer with no business raising farm animals. He needs to be starved and made to see just how terrible it feels!!!


  3. There is NO excuse for this!!!!

  4. Animals being starved on a farm by a farmer should be jailed ,they depend on them to do there job ,what a scumbag human being

  5. ruth Tranquillo says:

    Where is the USDA?????? Someone must help all animals!

    STOP this inhumane act, PLEASE!!!!

  6. Doesn’t anyone check on these farms???? Bastard farmer!!!!

  7. Eugene W Sengstake Jr says:

    “The USDA (finally?) decided to investigate his farm”??? Who’s kidding who? The USDA is about a worthless an agency as any of the others. Private citizens who may try to do the right thing will be thrown in jail – if not shot – as seems to be so prevalent now days. What do you do with farmers like this – with anybody like this??? Slap their hand – fine them a minimum amount? What a mess the world is in – – –

  8. I live in Washington State and what’s really heinous in this case is that area farmers offered to take some of these animals so they could be fed and cared for and the owner would not release them. He was having many difficulties with some sad family issues, but that is not an excuse to not take the help that was offered. It’s a long story, but the bottom line is he had an opportunity to let go of the animals and did not take it. Also, the USDA has been chronically underfunded for years now and there are few agents to actually investigate farms or complaints against farms, so this is not unusual. It will be getting worse with more defunding of the USDA, even fewer agents and fewer people in power who give a damn. Sick of stories like this? Write your congressman and tell them you want to see things change.

  9. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Thank you Joan, for the extra insight to this horror ‘story’. I don’t care what hassles people are having in their personal or professional lives. Every animal we take on is our responsibility and must always take presidents!
    How dare he cause this much unnecessary suffering and death to animals that had been offered homes and care?
    He must be severely punished for his callousness.
    I know we are often quick to blame many Departments for inaction in these situations, and at times rightly so, but with the constant financial cut backs it is harder for some to do their duties thoroughly. This is still no excuse, as when these departments are contacted and they cannot attend, they should call upon Animal Welfare Groups to assist. These folk are very often volunteers, but they do care about animal abuse over money!

  10. The fact remains there was help available yet he decided to starve them! Prosecute this evil, how these poor INNOCENT animals suffered. Where is the USDA, six months behind schedule. They never help animals anyway.

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