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Alleged pig abuse at The Maschhoffs shown in activists’ video

A video that appears to show pigs being abused at an Oklahoma hog farm has prompted investigations by its owners and the Hormel Food Co., which it supplies. Hormel, makers of Spam, bacon, chili and other products, is looking into the Oklahoma facility, which is owned by The Maschhoffs LLC, large a hog production company… Continue Reading

Marijuana is smokin’ hot on ballots; food safety not so much

Marijuana is a hot topic among state ballot measures for 2016 and its highly likely after the votes are counted a fourth of the U.S. population will reside in states permitting recreational use of cannabis. Among the 163 total measures that qualified for spots on ballots across 35 states this year, few are stand-outs and none directly involve food safety. States… Continue Reading

Animal Cruelty Conviction in North Carolina Might Be The Last for Awhile

Animal activists from Los Angles-based Mercy for Animals are taking credit this week for the conviction of Danny Miranda on three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, but it might be awhile before they or others return to North Carolina to mount another undercover investigation. That’s because on Jan. 1, a new North Carolina law went… Continue Reading

Animal Rights Group Files Criminal Misdemeanor Affidavits Against Tyson and Six Employees

Undercover video shows mistreatment of chickens

For the third time since July, food industry giant Tyson Foods Inc. has been the target of an undercover animal cruelty investigation by Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals. This time, the animal rights group has signed affidavits against Tyson Foods and six of its employees, hoping it can get misdemeanor criminal charges to stick. And Mercy… Continue Reading

Undercover Investigation Alleges Abuse of Chickens, Workers at Tyson Slaughter Plant in Texas

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has released undercover video footage from inside a Tyson Foods Inc. slaughter plant in Carthage, Texas, which the group asserts documents a system exploiting both workers and animals. The videotape includes an interview with the undercover investigator, filmed in shadow to protect her identity. This is the second recent undercover investigation involving Tyson Foods. In July, Mercy… Continue Reading

Undercover Investigation Raises Questions About Foster Farms’ Animal Welfare Certification

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims has her detectives investigating reports of possible animal cruelty at Foster Farms, which has two processing plans in Fresno and is the largest poultry producer on the West Coast. The investigation was prompted Wednesday by Mercy For Animals, a Los Angeles-based animal rights group, presenting the sheriff and the company… Continue Reading

Animal Cruelty Complaint Filed Against MN Hen Slaughter Plant

Complaints of inhumane slaughter were leveled at a hen slaughter plant in Butterfield, MN, over the weekend. In an investigation into Butterfield Foods Co., a member of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spent 57 days working undercover at Butterfield’s plant for slaughtering “spent hens,” which are egg-laying chickens deemed no longer commercially… Continue Reading

Compromise Legislation Would Strengthen South Dakota’s Animal Cruelty Law

The last state in the union to make animal cruelty a felony now appears serious about getting on the boards. The South Dakota Legislature, which was gaveled into session on Monday, is again being asked to reform state animal abuse laws. This time, however, a year of work by the state’s livestock industry and animal-welfare… Continue Reading