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Cruelty Charges Filed Against Pig-Farm Worker

Written by PETA | July 1, 2008

You might remember when we broke the news back in December about our undercover investigation at a pig farm in Garland, North Carolina, owned by Murphy Family Ventures, which supplies pig meat to Smithfield Foods. Murphy Family Ventures workers were documented cutting off piglets’ tails and pulling out piglets’ testicles without any pain relief, among other abuses. You might also remember that at least one employee at the pig farm was fired in response to our investigation. Well, this story just keeps on progressing in the right direction—and that’s the way we like it!

Thanks to PETA’s undercover work and follow-up, criminal charges have been filed against one of the workers employed by the farm during the undercover investigation.

That worker faces six misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals for actions documented by PETA’s investigator, including dragging pigs by the ear, striking a pig in the face with a handling board, and poking a pig in the eyes with his fingers. If he returns to North Carolina from out-of-state, a second worker will face one count of cruelty to animals for also dragging a pig by the ear. FoxNews.com has a great article with more details on the investigation, and you can view footage from the investigation below.


I have to say, it’s great to see that the officials who are presiding over the case are taking this one seriously—as seriously, in fact, as they would a case that involved a sadistically tortured dog or cat. And rightfully so: Just like dogs and cats, pigs have the ability to feel pain. And if someone just happened to say that a pig is smarter than a dog or a three-year-old child, well, he or she would be right.

It’s about time that these pigs—whose suffering and misery PETA has caught on film—finally get some justice. This case sends a message loud and clear to factory farms and slaughterhouses that cruelty to farmed animals will not be tolerated and that violations of animal welfare laws will have consequences such as, oh, say—a court date.

Posted by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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  • Antigone1000 says:

    Holly Great sentiments but how many animals die while you put your plan into action??? You may not feel comfortable participating in direct action but why criticize those who do?? They may not change things overnite for ALL animals but they surely change things for those they liberate. I really think that property damage is a minor price to be paid by those who conduct the kinds of experimentation on animals that is constantly being exposed. If the AR groups were to lower themselves to the standards of the vivisectionists most of the vivisectionists would be dead by now.

  • Holly says:

    Change the treatment of all animals through awareness of the great suffering they endure. Make it so public that people will beg to change the laws to protect all animals from the farm to the lab and every where in between. Teach our children kindness so they are effected by suffering and not numb to it.

  • Holly says:

    No I am not sitting in the cage waiting for rescue. But I dont see how the violence stops the abuse. Like in Santa Cruz do you really think the violence of this past weekend will stop the lab from doing experiments? Today is no different for the animal for him or her nothing has changed as a result of this past weekend. And For every scientist that steps down out of fear another is waiting in the wings to take his or her place. I realize that for the animals it is a desperate situation. But I think until science figures out another way to get the results they are looking for with out the use of our animal friends they wont stop using the animals. I think Public awareness is the answer. When the public “gets it” and understands that animals feel just as we do will they force the science world to find other ways. I also think that is the same truth for farm animals who also suffer each and every day and die an awful death in the end as a result of human greed and lust for their flesh. Only when the public sees the animals as living feeling creatures who are like us will the great suffering stop. I know you think that my approach is not enough but for me its the only way I can help in the movement for animal liberation. I will Go Vegan Live Vegan and talk my head off about our animal friends who feel pain and loneliness just as we do. Go Vegan Save Up To 100 Farm Animals Per Person Per Year. Dont let your body become a graveyard for farm animals. Live Vegan

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Holly Easy for you to say you are not the one in a cage being experimented on. As for two wrongs not making a rightI would say in fact it is one HUGE wrong animal cruelty and one MINOR wrong property damage and at the end of the day saving the life of the animals takes precedence over protecting property. It amazes me that so many socalled AR advocates seem to have no sense of urgency despite the number of lives hanging in the balance every day.

  • Holly says:

    httpwww.wibw.comnationalnewsheadlines26241914.html ??? I think it is better to protest with out violence. philosophical debate legal development and direct action with out violence. I understand the anger but not the approach. Two wrongs dont make a right… Go Vegan…

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Holly No idea how you can make THAT claim seeing I gave absolutely NO details but okaymaybe you’re psychic. Anywayfor details why don’t you read up on the AETA and SHAC 7?? The details are out there you really should educate yourself.

  • Holly says:

    “There are good people in jail just because people like you try to breed fear into other people by spreading lies.” Come on thats leading misconstrued and there is no basis in fact.

  • Holly says:

    I do think we need to be careful when we talk about things like ControlledAtmosphere Killing. Certified Humane Raised. cagefree eggs Free range. Organic Meat Humanely raised and slaughtered. and the list goes on. There is danger for the animals in each of these. The problem is all of these labels bring some people back to eating meat and feeling less guilt doing it. So for the animal it may mean a better life for some but their life is still snatched out of them in the end and no matter what they tell you with their lable there is suffering. The way I see it the very best way to support both animal rights and animal welfare for farm animals is to eat a totally VEGAN diet and live a totally VEGAN life style. Go VEGAN save up to 100 farm animals per person per year…

  • Antigone1000 says:

    MayaI’m an attorney thanks for asking. I’m sure you know all about what you do on a daily basis but you nothing about AR or the struggle that people go through to achieve AR since you are AW and more than happy to maintain the status quo. I have said before you can certainly voice your opinion but don’t try to sell it as AR or act as though you know things about the AR movement when you do not. There are good people in jail just because people like you try to breed fear into other people by spreading lies. Stick to what you know.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    As always Holly you are a light of positive thoughts. How do you do it? I think you’re a great friend and I hope to see you more on Vox!! Thank you for the reminder to always be positive and respectful. I value your words! Peace sister!

  • Maya, CVT says:

    LOL yes Antigone is right. I’m just a certified veterinary nurse wildlife rehabilitator and formere animal shelter worker. And I’m earning my master’s degree in biology. I’m sure Antigone must have a PhD or something. LOL

  • Holly says:

    Some times when people become angry they lash out with name calling which makes them feel better but only for the momentbecause it is a way of releasing anger. Its better than hitting but in the long run the name calling does not help in a debate to support a cause. It looses respect just as swearing does. It is hard not to lash out when angry but lets not resort to name calling that hurts feelings beyond the person you are lashing out at. Our job is to be respectful to others and set a good example even when we are angry… In saving animals we need to hold our selves at higher standard and be respectful even in anger for we are peaceful people looking for peace for our animal friends. Go Vegan Don’t let your body become a grave yard for farm animals for that is what your body becomes when you eat meat. Spooky!

  • vegancoin says:

    Maya you are attacking the messenger and living in a land of makebelieve not being thoughtful or raising relevant points. The disinformation that you spew is absurd the backtracking obscene and leaves me wondering. Your slick diatribe and illogical conclusions seem to be a potent and a sorry statement on the current state of affairs for animal rights activists. Any step at all in the right direction is a good step and is to be recognized and applauded for the ultimate good that will be accomplished. Not routinely criticized for pretended faults and ignorant “fly by night” viewpoints.

  • Holly says:

    Hi Mayalyndaand Antigone Its a beautiful night here. I do hope you are enjoying your evening and weekend. We all have different ways of working for and thinking about animal rights and animal welfare and how we can help our animal friends. Your debate is a good one and I am learning for each of you. Some of us are exstream some are not but we are all working for the same end result. So lets all keep up the good work and remain friends and remember we are really each of us on the same side the side of the animals. Great Debate! Great Work! Keep it up! Go Vegan and if you do that and nothing else you are working for both animal rights and animal welfare…

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Antigone’s right I’m clueless. I’m just a lowly certified veterinary nurse licensed rehabilitator and former animal shelter worker. I’ve only been an animal care professional for 19 years. And oh yeah I’m earning a graduate degree in conservation biology. And I’ve only been a vegetarian for 20 years. Pathetic! LOL

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Maya The people who take these actions know exactly what they are doing. Otherwise there would be a body count. TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO LEARN ABOUT THE AR ACTIVISTS like the ALF for example please research on the web and do not listen to Maya. She does not have a clue about the AR movement.

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    I think I know what kind of person you are Lynda and if you were rescuing animals out of a lab for example I bet you would have enough common sense before you would just torch the place. We can all discuss this on a blog but when push comes to shove you know that a fire’s path of travel cannot be predicted after you set it. That’s why you would be unwilling to risk the lives of people wildlife or forests just to burn the building down after the animals were all safe. Peace sister!

  • lynda downie says:

    I agree Mayaarsonfor example is very risky and potentially dangerous to human life. That’s why ARAs who use these tactics take precautions to ensure no humans are hurt. Antigone is right no AR actions have killed any humans though activists have been killed by animal abusers. But true the danger is always there. I don’t condone violence but I understand and share their passion. As one activist said if it were my son behind those walls NOTHING would stop me from getting him out. When violence is used to free humans ie. shooting a defiant aggressor most nod their approval but bristle when it’s used to free animals. Double standard? Thanks for hearing me out.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Maya No one has yet been put in jail for what might happen. You need to stop being irresponsible in your postings. You have no facts to back up your implication that AR arsons or any other AR action has caused any human injury so don’t spread those kinds of rumors.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    ps especially arson of ski lodges mostly by environmental arsonists.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Antigone Sorry but I’m not going to spend my day digging up articles. Even if no human death has happened yet you don’t have a crystal ball to say it can never happen. The fact is arson is dangerous not only to humans but it can also start wildfires. Ever hear of those? Dozens of wild animals die in arsonrelated wildfires every year.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Okay Maya refer me to ONE instance where ANY animal group has committed arson that has resulted in human injurydeath. Just ONE by ANY group. If you can’t do that then stop equating AR arson activities with people in burn units.

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    Hi Antigone Well sweetheart that’s the problem with assuming isn’t it? You know what they say about assuming…. I wasn’t implying anything. If I was referring to the ALF I would have said this pay close attention now “I’m talking about the ALF” See how easy that is? I don’t play games Antigone. If I meant the ALF I would have said the ALF. I was simply mentioning to my buddy Lynda that there are some things that are acceptable and some that are not. Acceptable breaking doors or windows to rescue animals. Peaceful protests stand ins getting arrested for refusing to leave a property etc Not acceptable Throwing things at people assault violence of any sort destruction of property besides what I mentioned arson racial or mysogynist comments insults. Many individuals and organizations have done the above actions. My comments were to address anyone who HAS done these things.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Maya It sounds as though you are implying that people have been harmed by the ALF which is absolutely not the case. No ALF activity has resulted in one single human death of a vivisector to date although there have been several deaths on the activist side unfortunately. When it comes to the ALF they have shown nothing but respect for all life and taking no life is actually part of their motto. We are talking only about PROPERTY DAMAGE. Please do not imply otherwise.

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    Hi again Lynda! I fully agree with your idea as far as breaking down a door to save animals from a lab or stealing animals from a zoo. That’s one thing that I have no problem with. Arson is entirely another. Anyone who thinks arson is no big deal should visit a burn unit pronto. I’m not kidding.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Maya The animals don’t have an eternity to sit around and wait for everyone to come aroundthey are suffering and dying NOW. How many were killed today do you think?? Sometimes you need a violent revolution to make a change e.g. the Civil War with slavery. These AR activists are the same people that would have helped slaves escape years ago. Unfortunately violence begets violence. The difference is the ALF violence is highly publicized and the vivisector violence is carefully concealed. Hiding it from public view does not make it go away for the animals however.

  • lynda downie says:

    Maya I realized I’d given you a poor analogythere isn’t comparable financial investment between a stick and say a fur farm. But if the abuser was shooting children in a locked schoolfor example would any property damage be more important than rescuing the children? That’s how these activists feel about the dismantling of instruments of torture. Thanks for listening.

  • lynda downie says:

    Hi Maya Thanks for your kind words to me as well. Antigone has responded to your concerns about AR activists who use more forceful methods to defend animals in a more thorough precise way than I can. I just want to add that as a hypothetical if you saw someone with a stick beating a child would you think it wrong to grab the stick and break it? That’s how these activists feel about the property they admit to vandalizing. They do no harm to any animalsnonhumans and humans. They damage the machinery of abuse. I agree we have to be smart but there are people who will be open to Antigone’s direct and honest approach.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    I agree with you Antigone. I guess what I’m saying is this let me give you a hypothetical question what would someone have to say to make you wear fur or eat meat? How could they convince you? The answer is no one could convince you to do that. But keep in mind most people who eat meat feel the same way. They are SLIGHTLY more likely to be convinced because most people don’t think it’s immoral to GIVE UP meat. When we talk to these people we have to be as saavy as the evil Pharma and meat companies. We have to convince people and be exceptional communicators. That’s how big corporations can sell glasses to a blind man. We have to be just as smart about how we communicate to the world.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    OkayI have to say. Arson assault and excessive rudeness pale in comparison to what these people fight against. While you may not choose to participate in such acts yourself you should not call the activists the violent ones in light of what those they oppose are doing to animals in labs. If you have any question I would be more than happy to point you to some video. If you want to criticize the activists for being violent you need to also criticize their rivals. AlsoI have never met an AR activist that was racist or sexist. True AR activists understand that race and sex and sexual orientation AND SPECIES are irrelevant characteristics. That is why they are AR people.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Hey again Lynda! Thank you for your kind words. I certainly don’t think of Antigone as someone who acts inappropriately. The people I refer to are those who commit arson assault or are exceptionally rude or violent. PETA’s throwing pies at people and dumping manure outside of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant is mostly what I’m talking about. Just as bad in my opinion is referring to women as whores or bitches. Or any other misogynyst acts. I’ve even seen the “N” word used referring to blacks when dogfighting was discussed. These are the people who call themselves animal rights activists but made my job as a shelter worker and veterinary nurse a living hell. Trying to educate people was hard if not impossible when the saw me through the lens of the most “memorable” offensive PETA campaigns. I guess we could argue that these people are bad seeds like those who call themselves Chrisians while burning crosses on black people’s lawns. But I have not seen ARAs speak out against these violent racist and mysogynyst acts. That silence reads to me as approval. That’s why I call myself an animal welfarist but I would never approve of an animal’s suffering or death for any reason. You”re a sweetie for listening and you should visit my blog sometime friend! Vox is really fun if you have the time to join. httpmaya857.vox.com

  • lynda downie says:

    Hi again Maya I’m not sure which ARAs you’re referring to who are insulting and rude. I know you and Antigone had some disagreements. Personally though I find Antigone to be an exceptionally insightful and dedicated animal advocate. The animals are depending on us let’s all bring our skills to further their liberation. Peace Maya

  • lynda downie says:

    Hi Maya Thanks for your comments. I have to disagree that the ARWelfare distinction is just semantic. It’s a real difference in how someone sees animals. An ARA recognizes animals as ind’ls whose rights to life and liberty are morally binding just as in the case of human persons. We wouldn’t think it simply a matter of personal choice whether or not to use a human as food etc. For an ARA the same applies equally to animals. It’s a rights violation to use animals as we currently do. To recognize animals as rights bearers means to abolish all animal exploitation in our lives. The simplest way to do that is to become a vegan. I know you’re tired of hearing that. You’re right Peta does approve of welfare reform as a necessary step toward complete animal liberation. And though I too celebrate the small victories the welfarist in me there’s a compelling argument that it simply mitigates abuse and may increase the social acceptance of animal exploitation. Because people think animals are ‘humanely’ treated it’s ok to continue to use them. Personally I think your uncompromising bold stand for feral cats is right in line with the AR philosophy.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Lynda Hey there long time no see! You know I think we almost always see eye to eye so I hope you don’t mind if I play devil’s advocate just this once! Although it is really just silly semantics I have to tell you that I have worked with “animal welfarisits” in vet clinics animal shelters wildlife rehab facilities etc and they beleive most of the same things. To me and many others the only thing different from animal rights and animal welfarists is that an animal welfarist refuses to use violence insults or other degrading or demoralizing tactics to protect animals. We beleive in the intrinsic nature of life that no death is acceptable except that which occurs naturally. For example I would never approve of an organic cattle farm but if there were a factory farm and PETA changed it to a humane certified farm where there were far fewer cows and they were outdoors in the sunshine and treated the same way a well cared for horse would be treated that would be a good thing. In fact you may notice that PETA does try to change factory farms in this way. I would never be happy about a farm where cows are slaughtered but there are many out there that we can’t stop unless we go around committing arson and murdering all the farmers plus we’d have to murder everyone who eats meat!! Some people on the PETA blog who call themselves animal rights activists actually seem to think that assault and murder are perfectly acceptable. That’s where the difference comes in. I am a welfarist I don’t even kill insects. All life is sacred even more sacred than my own life. But a welfarist is committed to nonviolence and not behaving like a criminal. Obviously feel free to let me know what you think!! xx Maya

  • lynda downie says:

    Christopher I dont’ like the idea of just jumping unthinkingly on the bandwagon of whatever is popular either. I was passionate about animals before Peta was formed. But I’m grateful to have a gathering of likeminded people. It could be said that your own profession grew out of a movement of ind’ls concerned with human health who practised a certain kind of medicineHippocratic.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    CC So you think we should all sit around by ourselves and think good thoughts about animals in an effort to improve their situation??? You probably don’t know much about history but in all history that of the US and anywhere else in human civilization it has taken activitists to bring about change. Change doesn’t just happen because you want it toyou have to MAKE it happen. The selfish and greedy never willingly give anything up. Alsojust to correct your comment. Sheep are NOT brainless. I can’t however vouch for the antianimal faction that finds posting on a website where no one really takes them seriously to be the best use of their time.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    lynda Of course I care about animals and their rights it’s movements and the brainless sheep among them that make me ill.

  • lynda downie says:

    Generally when I post here I collapse animal welfare and rights into simply ‘animal rights’ for the sake of argument. But as Antigone points out there is an important distinction between animal rights and welfare. A welfarist would approve of an organic farmer for example who humanely raises animals for their meat eggs milketc. A rightist would not. No matter how well treated the animals are still the property of the farmer. An ARA recognizes animals as individuals with inherent rights no less binding than human rights. An ARA for example would be a vegan because he or she rejects all uses of animals. And Christopher if you ‘couldn’t care less about AR’ why do you come to this site honestly?

  • tanya says:

    I try not watch this kind of stuff cause i have such a strong heart for animals. But helps me understand how sick these places are and the people that work there. People like this will met there maker one day and i hope they rott in hell. You have to be demoniac to inflict pain and torture to such helpless animals. Imagine how they treat their families. I love being a vegt and videos help me spread the word to others to know the knowledge of how really fuck up our society is.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    CC Of courseresort to name calling because you have no valid response. As I told you the first article is NOT specific to hunting but does give info about the link between animal and human abuse. As we research this area further we will begin to take animal abuse more seriously. Think how many human lives would have been spared if Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy had been identified as sadists when they mistreated animals. If you are willing to mistreat a defenseless creature YOU are the mental midget. The fact that you then brag about doing it on a board posted by an organization that advocates AR just goes to show how mentally deficient you really are.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Chris Cochran You are an MD? I hope not in my hometown because I would never go to you and would definitely let others know how you feel about life!

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Antigone The first article doesn’t even mention hunting and the second is some made up by who knows who video with some wild far reaching unproven or researched connection. Credibility0 With people like you around I feel like hunting is pretty safe. The only psycological problem I have is that I have wasted entirely too much time debating this issue with a mental midget such as yourself.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Here’s the link on hunting and child abuse httpwww.youtube.comwatch?vyz3cyfeX2Kk As you will see from both articles there is not nearly enough research into the connection between animal abuse and human abuse. I personally think there needs be NO connection as we should punish CRUELTY not CHOICE OF VICTIM. Maybe someday we will recognize that anyone who intentionally inflicts suffering on one who is both innocent and defenseless deserves imprisonment or death for those crimes regardless of species of victim.

  • antigone1000 says:

    CC Clearly you have done NO research. In two minutes I found one relevant article httpwww.vachss.comguestdispatchesascione1.html I also read one the other day specifically about the link between hunting and abuse. If I can find it again I’ll be happy to reference it for you. I absolutely believe you when you say you couldn’t care less. Why would you?? You are one of the fortunate abusers whose choice of victim is currently legal. One day that will not be the case then people like you will have to face the fact that you have psychological problems that must be addressed appropriately or you will face the legal consequences of your actions.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    I did the research and their is absolutely no link between hunting and child abuse. When it comes to AR whatever that is I couldn’t care less. What I do know about is wildlife. Oh and apparently I have become somewhat of an expert on growing carrots. I harvested forty pounds of organic carrots today!!

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Lynda Thanks. It is nice to see that this board does have some true AR advocates!!

  • Antigone1000 says:

    CC When it comes to AR both you and Maya are the laypeople as neither of you knows anything about the movement. You might want to do some research however into some of the studies that show a link between hunting and other forms of animal abuse and child abuse. The fact is that a sadist is a sadist is a sadist. Society needs to start punishing the act instead of choice of victim.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Maya You can fool people on this blog but true AR people know exactly what you are. All you do is condone mistreatment of animals and ensure that no direct or indirect abusers lose any sleep at nite over their mistreatment of animals. But guess who DOES lose sleep at nite Maya?? The pig in the slaughterhouse who is destined to be abused until he dies a horrific death. The elephant in the circus routinely beaten and forced to perform no matter how ill. The monkey in the lab with a hole drilled in his head for no good reason. You know who else loses sleep?? The true AR people who risk their lives and liberties to help these animals. So you are entitled to your opinions but you have a lot of nerve to pass yourself off as an AR person. Your 15 years of experience mean absolutely nothing if they have been spent mainaining the status quo that exists.

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