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Smithfield Fires Paula Deen

Written by Alisa Mullins | June 25, 2013

Claiming that it’s “determined to be an ethical food industry leader,” Smithfield has fired Paula Deen as its spokesperson over racist comments that she made.  

How determined Smithfield is to being an “ethical leader” is anyone’s guess, considering the fact that it’s on the brink of being purchased by Chinese pork giant Shuanghui Group, which was caught feeding pigs clenbuterol, a drug that can sicken humans who ingest meat tainted with it.

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And Smithfield has a spotted track record itself. It flips back and forth on its promise to phase out gestation crates—which are so small that pregnant pigs can’t turn around or even take a single step in any direction—and it will require only company-owned farms to act, not its massive contract farms.   

And in 2007, PETA documented that workers at one of Smithfield’s suppliers dragged injured pigs out of the facility by their snouts, ears, and legs before killing them with a captive-bolt gun. Some of the animals had “KILL” spray-painted on their backs. Workers also cut off piglets’ tails and pulled out their testicles—without using any pain relief—as the youngsters screamed in pain in front of their mothers.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that such an atmosphere can breed racism, too. A New York Times article about a Smithfield slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, North Carolina, noted that blacks and Hispanics get “the dirty jobs at the factory.”

What You Can Do

If you don’t want to support these abuses, please don’t buy any pork products. Go vegan today. We’re here to show you how.

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  • Paula Dean should eat vegan says:

    Paul McCartney narrates: ‘If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls, Everyone Would Be Vegetarian’ Everyone who eats bacon – pigs – should see this video to learn about thumping’ (workers yell ‘yeah’ while whacking a piglet to death because it is too small for meat (a common practice). The piglets look like puppies. Watch their throats being cut, hanging from the ceiling kicking in pain. ‘Cows never forget a face or place.’ ‘Kosher’ company cows are killed in agony. This video is difficult to watch, but worth it. If you can’t watch any of it, at least listen to Paul McCartney describe the amazing abilities of all of these animals humans are so cruel to. and have done recent shows on how CHINA NOW HAS MORE VEGETARIANS THAN THE U.S.A.!!! THEY LOVE ORGANIC GARDENING! Because they have so much fear of contaminated food in China. ‘THE VERTICAL FARM’ by Dr. Dickson Despommier (Sting on the cover promotion) explains how every city in the world can prosper with hydroponic farming of vegetables. Vegan salad dressing by ‘Follow Your Heart’ company makes my vegies taste delicious.