Target: Brittny Lewton, 13th Judicial District Attorney
Goal: Charge former farm employees with animal abuse for allegedly hitting pigs with cans and boards.
Seven farmers were allegedly caught on tape grossly abusing pigs, but they were not brought up on criminal charges. If these farmers get away with this behavior, others will likely think it is acceptable to emulate their actions.
Farmers working for Seaboard Foods were reportedly caught on camera hitting pigs with cans and boards. Unfortunately, pigs were also hoarded into stalls until the stalls were overcrowded. Even worse, a pig was shot with a stun gun while other animals helplessly watched.
Although everyone agrees with the food supplier’s decision to fire the workers, not everyone agrees the former employees’ behavior was severe enough to justify them being brought up on criminal charges. In fact, this is the viewpoint of District Attorney Brittny Lewton, who claims that the farmers’ actions towards the pigs only violated company policy.
Mercy for Animals objects to this decision. However, since there are no federal laws set in place to protect animals that live on farms and furthermore, since farm animals are not usually protected under animal cruelty laws, these callous animal abusers will likely get away with their unacceptable actions.
Sign this petition and let District Attorney Brittny Lewton know that it is not okay to let these people get away with abusing innocent animals. If they are not prosecuted, farm animals will likely continue to suffer more instead of less.
Dear Attorney Lewton,
Pigs on a Colorado farm were allegedly severely abused by workers. While it is good news that these workers were fired, it is ridiculous that they will not be brought up on criminal charges. If these people are not prosecuted, more people will likely not hesitate to follow their poor example in the future.
Mercy for Animals caught the workers on tape allegedly hitting pigs with cans and boards, hoarding animals into tight spaces and even shooting a pig in the head with a stun gun as other animals looked on with fear. According to the American Humane Association, seventy percent of people who abuse animals also commit other crimes, including crimes that are violent. In reference, these former farmers have clearly proven through their actions that they are capable of far worse than abusing animals.
Even if the pigs are considered to be property, there are laws against damaging other people’s things. Therefore, a competent attorney should be able to find some way to criminally charge these horrible people for their deplorable actions.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to bring these former workers up on criminal charges, and to prosecute them immediately. People who abuse animals do not deserve jobs. However, they do deserve to have criminal records that will make it more difficult for them to find jobs in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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