Another Animal Care Video Released

The animal rights group Compassion Over Killing has released a video, which was shot in December 2011at the Hawkeye Sow Centers near Leland, Iowa. The video focuses on castrating piglets without anesthesia; the housing protocols associated with gestation-sow stalls as well as farrowing crates; procedures to address herniated intestines occasionally associated with castration; and a feedback procedure. Feedback can involve processing afterbirth and intestines from piglets that have died. It serves as an inoculation process to build a sow's immunity for certain health challenges.

Dr. Harry Snelson, communication director for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, says - I don't see any evidence of willful abuse of the animals in the video. There is nothing on the video to support the assertion that the animals are denied veterinary care. In fact, Snelson says, - it was evident that the farm employee had been trained, recognized the injuries and attempted to treat those injuries.

Compassion Over Killing's Executive Director Erica Meier believes - animal cruelty is standard practice. She points to COK's vegetarian creed, "The most effective way consumers can stand up for animals and help stop the cruelty is to simply leave pigs, and all animals, off our plates." The National Pork Board Responded, saying - America's pork producers take seriously our ethical responsibility for the proper care of pigs.

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