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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