Commend Pig Farm for Humane Treatment

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Target: Raymond Thompson, owner of Thompson Farms

Goal: Applaud this industry-leading humane treatment of pigs raised for consumption

It is not every day that one comes across a pig farmer who treats his pigs extremely well; industry standard is profit over quality. Thankfully there is a farmer who believes that it is necessary to raise pigs well, on the same farm from birth to slaughter, with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. Raymond Thompson treats the pigs on his farm so well that he has earned a spot as an example for excellent animal welfare.

Thompson Farms, Georgia, is a supplier of Whole Foods Market. Raymond’s personal standards for raising pigs have awarded him and his farm a 5+ rating on Whole Foods Market’s Animal Welfare Rating System. This is the highest rating available, reserved for farmers who go the extra mile for their animals. Every pig on the farm is born and slaughtered on the 1,000 acre lot, allowed to roam free, never administered hormones and is given quality food.

While industry standard does not consider animal welfare, instead preferring quantity over quality, a farmer like Raymond Thompson is a wonderful testament to the many rewards of treating an animal humanely. Though more people are choosing not to eat meat, for many reasons, those who are opposed to inhumane treatment can rest assured: quality farmers do still exist and Raymond Thompson is proof. Applaud Raymond for his dedication to the well-being of animals raised for consumption.


Dear Raymond Thompson,

You are the first farmer to receive a 5+ rating on Whole Foods Market’s Animal Welfare Rating System. I am writing to congratulate you on your achievement, and to thank you for your dedication to the pigs that you raise.

Your operation is unfortunately not a very common sight anymore. In today’s economy most pig farmers are concerned about making the most profit, in turn spending little time and energy on their animals. It gives me great hope to know that you go out of your way to ensure that your animals live the best life possible before slaughter.

Thank you for putting the well-being of your pigs before profit. You are a beacon of hope in a time when people blindly fund factory-farming and inhumane treatment. Your efforts are noticed and appreciated.


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  1. God bless you and thank you for your humanity, caring and concern! ♥

  2. You’re kidding me right? There is no such thing as “humane slaughter”, or “humane treatment” of animals that are looked at as nothing more than profit. If this farmer “cared” about his pigs, he wouldn’t MURDER them in cold blood. I did NOT sign this petition!!! Unbelievable….

  3. Animal abuse! Be kind and kill in neat way. We the family decide to avoid until you clean it up.

  4. Sara Bostic says:

    My heart is jumping for joy here! This is the way to treat farm animals…good food, sunshine, roaming, fresh air, and no artificial anything. Good for you Mr. Thompson. You are a stellar example of what a good farmer should exemplify. And thank you for ending their lives on your farm instead of a vile slaughterhouse where they would suffer tremendously. Thank you again.

  5. Sheila Jefferson says:

    THANK YOU!!!! 🙂

  6. There is NO such thing as “humane” farming. What is wrong with this petition site?

  7. Nena Miller says:

    There is humane farming and this man is an example of this. To not eat meat is fine but consider the lives of this mans pigs to the pigs kept in gestation crates. He is humane yes he is

  8. Paula Thurston says:

    This is BETTER than being in a FACTORY FARM FOR THE PIGS.I have been to a Pig factory farm & IT IS HELL ON EARTH FOR THE PIGS!!!!!!!!
    UNFORTUNATELY people are not going to stop eating meat any time soon, so this is better for the Pigs. I don’t want the pigs to be slaughtered either, but common sense proves this is a kinder alternative.
    For those that don’t sign,,, Well your just condeming Pigs to FACTORY FARMS!!!!!& YOU THINK THIS IS BETTER????

    • Stephanie Stone says:

      Paula, Well put. I agree. I do not eat meat and am not thrilled with the reality that these little piggies will all eventually go to market, but this farm is certainly better than most – the pigs’ quality of life is much better and their death not as traumatic as in a factory slaughterhouse. If all farms were like this and factory farms were a thing of the past at least we would be heading in the right direction.

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