15 November 2010

Nearly 1,000 pigs found dead on Pennsylvania farm

Between 950 and 1000 pigs along with possibly 6 calves have been found dead at a Fulton County PA farm where they had been abandoned months ago to die of starvation. A Humane Society Police Officer has said in response to this incident that he has never seen anything like it before, explaining “the incident may be the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania's history.”

The pigs were discovered by the estranged wife of the farmer who reportedly vacated the property several months ago—and apparently left hundreds of pigs and several calves behind to die. According to a humane society police officer who responded to the scene, evidence indicates that the animals were trapped inside barns and "struggled and fought to get out."

Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-Founder Gene Baur issued the following statement:

We are shocked and appalled by the apparent willful neglect and starvation of nearly 1000 pigs and other farm animals who were found dead on this Fulton County farm. According to public accounts by local authorities, there is evidence that these animals tried to escape, and some were found dead outside the confinement barn. There is absolutely no excuse for this unconscionable neglect, and the people responsible for this tragedy should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Farm animals, like all animals, have feelings and deserve to be treated with respect. But their lives are so demeaned today that when we read news articles about their suffering and death, such as in transport accidents, of which there have been many this year, these animals are often referenced in terms of their monetary value. It’s important to remember that pigs and other farm animals are as intelligent and sentient as cats or dogs. These pigs died a horrible death, struggling for freedom, and no one came to their rescue. Imagine if these were dogs found starved to death by the hundreds in a warehouse. The public would be outraged, and that should be the case here too. We encourage the public to contact the Fulton County District Attorney to ask that he seek justice for these pigs and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone found to be responsible for this neglect.
The more we learn about farm animals, the more we recognize the need to protect them from egregious and unnecessary abuse, and for justice to be served.

 To learn more about the problems inherent on factory farms, please visit factoryfarming.com.

John Himmelberger | @johnhimm
John lives in Maryland where he works as a sales manager. John and his wife Eileen’s pursuit to achieve optimum health combined with a desire to send a strong message to factory farming, inspired them to examine what they put into their bodies. Now a vegan, John has great admiration for groups like Farm Sanctuary and hopes to influence others by sharing his positive experiences. Follow John on his blog and Facebook.

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