Urge Pig Farm to End Animal Cruelty


Target: Terry Holton, CEO and President of Seaboard Foods

Goal: End abuse of pigs on all Seaboard Foods’ farms.

Once again, animal abuse has been exposed on a farm of a massive pork supplier. An undercover Mercy for Animals investigator filmed workers at a Seaboard Foods’ farm in Colorado allegedly beating resident pigs with cans and boards. The footage was turned over to local authorities and a district attorney concluded that the abuse suffered by the pigs was a chance for further training or termination of the employees on the farm, rather than a cause to press criminal charges. In order to promote positive change in the industry, animal abuse must come with legal involvement and must be stopped before it escalates.

The seven employees who were reportedly caught on camera abusing the pigs have been terminated in accordance with company policy. However, these employees will face no criminal charges or fines for their actions. Seaboard Foods has over 300 pig farms throughout the midwest. Abuse of the pigs was only filmed at one location; imagine the amount of pain and suffering these animals are forced to endure on a daily basis, as well as the magnitude of this suffering.

Seaboard Foods claims that it will show this footage to its numerous farm managers as a training mechanism on how to not handle the pigs. While this may lead to less suffering, no one will know unless the farms are equipped with live-feed cameras and frequent animal-handling investigations and no one will care unless criminal charges are imminent. Sign this petition to urge Seaboard Foods to actively monitor its farms and press charges against employees who participate in any barbaric abuse of pigs.


Dear Mr. Holton,

Seaboard Farms has recently been in the spotlight for animal cruelty issues. An undercover activist allegedly filmed seven employees excessively abusing pigs on one of your Colorado farms. The employees have been rightfully terminated; however, no criminal charges were filed against these individuals and security measures at the farms have, to my knowledge, not increased.

In order for employees to take the extra animal-handling training they will receive seriously, there must be severe repercussions if policies are not followed. I urge you to end the cycle of abuse at your farms for good by threatening criminal prosecution for animal abuse if it is discovered on your farms. In order to enforce employee handling of the pigs, you could install live-feed surveillance cameras at each of your farms.

Animal abuse should not be taken lightly. Please show your employees, and the country, that you are serious about putting an end to animal abuse on your farms.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Abuse is the ultimate betrayal towards any living soul and absolutely heartbreaking all the way around. You simply can not do such a horrific thing without it killing the best in you. Period. But in case there are any out there who couldn’t care less about torturing animals – which says a lot about you, as well – then think on this: If you find people happily willing to hurt an animal in any way, they are actually finding a venue to act out their deepest, most inner evil fantasies of twisted sickness. There’s nothing more revolting than that. Aside from this, it has been proven repeatedly that those who have horrid intents with animals, get bored with them soon enough, ultimately leading them to bigger prey, moving up to people, in order to re-ignite and enhance the excitement that the torturing of animals used to provide. It’s simply never enough. And do not forget, these horrendous monsters also end up raising their children in “the game”, breeding evil, little sickos to continue on “the trade”… no doubt causing abuse in every level of their lives, as well. It’s just a revolting cycle that will never end until someone gets into it and breaks the heart-wrenching pattern. So, even if an animal is not of your utmost concern, then note that it will not stop there. It is just a start. And it is just a matter of time.

  2. “A righteous man regards the life of animals.” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs… (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated… I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection of man from the cruelty of man.” – MAHATMA GANDHI

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