Written by PETA
The meat industry thrives on the abuse of animals,
so it comes as no surprise that former pig factory-farm workers are alleging
that the management of Murphy-Brown—a subsidiary of the
world's largest pig producer, Smithfield Foods—turned a blind eye to sexual
harassment of female employees.
In a case that went before a federal jury this week,
one woman claims that female staff were groped by male coworkers, were spied on
in the shower via peepholes, and had their underwear stolen from their lockers.
The harassment allegedly went on for years despite complaints to supervisors. It is worth
noting that the men accused of the harassment—said to include putting what is
suspected to be semen on women's underwear—worked at a breeding farm where sows
were artificially inseminated, which is typically done by men armed with bags
of boar semen and tubes that they shove into pigs' reproductive tracts.
Unfortunately, PETA investigations show that failure
to discipline workers for sexual abuse seems to be standard policy at many factory farms, particularly when the
victims are animals.
Our investigators have recorded many
incidents of sexual abuse of animals, including a Hormel Foods Corp. supplier's
farm supervisor who rammed a cane into a pig's vagina; an Aviagen Turkeys, Inc.,
employee who pinned a female turkey to the ground and mimicked raping her; and a
Butterball employee who repeatedly shoved a finger into a turkey's cloaca. After
the footage was released, six of the Hormel supplier's workers
admitted guilt to charges of livestock abuse and neglect, and three Aviagen employees
were convicted after facing the first-ever felony indictments for cruelty to
farmed birds by factory-farm workers in the U.S.
You can avoid supporting the sexual abuse of both
animals and humans by choosing a vegan
diet—and urging everyone you know to do the same.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
During our investigations, undercover workers document some seriously sick and disturbing events—including the sexual abuse of animals, from pigs to turkeys. Unfortunately, sexual violence against farmed animals is not an unusual occurrence.
I have to warn you—what you're about to see and read is not for the faint of heart.
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Our undercover investigation at an Iowa pig factory farm revealed that a supervisor rammed a cane into a pig's vagina. That same supervisor said that he thrust gate rods into the anuses of pigs who frustrated him.
At a Butterball slaughterhouse, a PETA investigator saw—in addition to other horrific cruelty—a worker insert his finger into a turkey's cloaca (vagina). Another worker mimed raping a bird whose legs and head he'd shackled.
At Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., in West Virginia, the "world's leading poultry breeding company," a worker was indicted for cruelty to animals after being caught on video pinning a female turkey to the ground and mimicking raping her. When interviewed by police, he reportedly admitted to having done this to dozens of other turkeys.
When writer Jim Mason worked for a day as a turkey breeder, he discovered that since turkeys have been genetically manipulated to grow so large that they can no longer breed naturally, workers must manually extract semen from males and manually inseminate females. On dairy farms, a female cow will often be forcibly restrained so that she can't get away when an insemination instrument is shoved into her vagina. Pig factory farm workers confine boars to tiny "carts" and parade them in front of sows so that other workers can look at and touch sows' genitals in order to determine the best time to insert a tube of pig semen into them.
Cruel, twisted, perverted, and sadistic—and this kind of sexual violence happens every day on factory farms. The meat and dairy industries even consider some of it "standard practice." This is why we're hoping to have this billboard placed very soon, but until then, we're continuing to urge everyone to go vegan. Help end the horrific abuse of animals on factory farms forever!
Written by Shawna Flavell
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