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Workers Upset Over Having to Kill Sick Pigs; Healthy Pigs No Big Deal

Written by Michelle Kretzer | April 10, 2014

A deadly new virus has killed millions of baby pigs since it was first reported in the U.S. last May. Porcine epidemic diarrhea can affect pigs of any age, but it’s life-threatening for newborns, who become dehydrated quickly.

Sad Pig

Surprisingly, pig farmers are finding it hard to kill the dying babies. “It’s very difficult for the people who are working the barns at that point,” said affected Iowa pig farmer Craig Rowles. “No one wants to go to work today and think about making the decision of baby pigs that need to be humanely euthanized because they can’t get up anymore. Those are very hard days.”

As opposed to the days when unwanted “runts” are killed by “thumping” (slamming their heads against the floor) or when healthy 6-month-old pigs are hung upside down before their throats are slashed and they’re left to bleed out?

No one knows how porcine epidemic diarrhea spreads or how to stop it, but the pork industry is ensuring that price hikes make up for the farmers’ lost revenue.

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  • Chanel says:

    Aw thats sooo sad look he is just looking at the camera Ijust hate this world 🙁

  • marlo granahan says:

    I am a first time viewer of PETA page. Recently I read a book called “skinny Bitch”. In this book it spoke of what goes on in a slaughterhouse. Then watched Corey Feldman and found out he was part of PETA. After viewing this page, I will never eat meat again and start working on being Vegan. Thank you for opening my eyes and heart’

  • Holly says:

    All creatures great and small God created them all for humankind to be their protectors and stewards. Read the book of Daniel. Daniel eat fruits and vegetables not meat offered by King Nebuchadnezzar.

    • marlo granahan says:

      This is so true. Look how Adam and Eve lived in peace with them. After the flood is when animals and man went astray. for all they had to really eat was them. In fact God said this was Ok. BUT NEVER to the extreme of abuse. I will never eat meat again after viewing PETA

  • Diane Pease says:

    I’m upset that they kill any of them! They are treated so horribly in slaughter houses. It is just sick!