Investigation of North Carolina Pig Farm Results in Historic Felony Cruelty Convictions

April 2000

In 1998, following an undercover investigation by PETA at Belcross Farm, a pig-breeding factory farm in North Carolina, Camden County Superior Court made history by handing down the first-ever felony indictments for cruelty to animals by farm workers. Three workers were convicted and sentenced after PETA released hours of video footage that revealed shocking, systematic cruelty, from daily beatings of pregnant sows with a wrench and an iron pole to skinning pigs alive and sawing off a conscious animal’s legs.

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind