The Humane Society of the United States has released undercover video showing alleged inhumane conditions and abuse at a Wyoming pig breeding facility.
The video shows workers striking pigs, and swinging and kicking piglets through the air.
“I am sickened and outraged by what I’ve seen, and any right-thinking person will have the same reaction,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the HSUS.
The video was purportedly shot in April 2012 at Wyoming Premium Farms, a pig factory farm in Wheatland, Wyo., owned by Denver-based Itoham America, Inc.
HSUS says the facility is a supplier for Tyson Foods. However, Tyson released a statement Tuesday, denying any connection.
“We’ve seen the video and we are appalled by the apparent mistreatment of the animals. We do not condone for any reason this kind of mistreatment of animals shown in the video,” Tyson said. “Tyson Foods does not buy any of the hogs raised on this farm for our pork processing plants.”
Wyoming Premium Farms general manager Doug DeRouchey says they are actively investigating the allegations.
“The video of a Wyoming Premium Farms sow barn posted online (Tuesday) morning by HSUS shows some practices that are not and will not be tolerated,” said DeRouchey. “The owners and managers of the farm are investigating the incidents shown in the video and wish to assure everyone we will take action to correct all problems and to deal appropriately with any employees that were involved.”
WARNING: Graphic Video