PETA on the Scene Again When Another Truck Carrying 200 Hogs to Slaughter Crashes

July 2004

PETA’s Community Animal Project responded to a call of yet another transport truck crash. A truck carrying 200 pigs on the way to a Smithfield slaughterhouse overturned in Suffolk, Virginia, in the early hours of September 2, killing as many as 87 pigs and leaving dozens more severely injured. Injured animals–including one who collapsed at the feet of industry representatives and was subsequently trampled by as many as 30 other animals–were left to suffer, screaming for four hours before a private veterinarian, called by local officials, arrived to euthanize them. Our staff members worked closely with law-enforcement officers in an attempt to ensure the animals’ welfare, and our involvement was covered extensively by the local media as well as the Associated Press.

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