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Originally Posted: February 1, 2012
Send a brief message to Seaboard and Prestage and tell them to end their use of gestation crates to confine breeding pigs. We encourage you to add your own thoughts or comments about this issue in the editable portion, so these companies know how important this is to you personally.
Sign an online petition:
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Seaboard Foods Corporate Headquarters
Fresh Pork Sales and Customer Service
Shipping & Mailing Address
9000 W. 67th Street, Suite 200
Shawnee Mission, KS 66202
P. O. Box 438
Clinton, NC 28329
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Newly-released undercover video footage taken by The Humane Society of the United States at factory farms owned by Seaboard Foods and Prestage Farms—two of the nation’s largest pork producers—show appalling animal cruelty.
Breeding pigs are locked inside tiny gestation crates, unable to even turn around for virtually their entire lives. Dead pigs were found inside these crates. Pigs were living amidst feces and urine with abscesses and injuries.
To Whom It May Concern:
I read about The Humane Society of the United States' undercover investigation at your facility and was appalled. Like most people, I care about animals and want farm animals to be treated well. I know competitors of yours, like Smithfield, have already agreed to phase out this type of animal abuse, and I hope you'll similarly develop a plan to end your use of cruel gestation crates.
Prestage Farms Statement Regarding Humane Society of the United States
Clinton, North Carolina (January 31, 2012) – Prestage Farms has a long-standing history of meeting high-quality animal care standards. This is why Prestage Farms takes any claims of animal neglect or abuse very seriously in order to seek the facts and take appropriate actions.
In response to an undercover video released today by the animal rights group Humane Society of the United States, Prestage Farms’ Ron Prestage, DVM said, “We recognize our moral and ethical obligation to provide for the responsible treatment of our animals. Any willful mistreatment or neglect of animals is unacceptable. Prestage Farms takes animal well-being very seriously and has a history of implementing programs that help to train our employees on proper animal care, handling, and transporting procedures.”
“The video focuses primarily on the use of gestation stalls and depicts this production practice as being cruel to the animal. Prestage Farms has production systems for both group housing and individual housing. We respect the right of farmers to use different housing systems because we know that good animal care is the result of the individual commitment of those who care for the animals as well as sound production practices. Whether raised in groups or individual housing, we are committed to sound animal care.”
"We have already initiated an internal investigation to assure that company policies and procedures are being followed. If a determination is made that any employee of the company engaged in activities contrary to the policies they agreed to follow, we will take disciplinary action as appropriate, including termination of employment, as is provided in our animal welfare policy. This has been done before when a violation of our policies has been identified."
Prestage Farms is a family-owned pork production company founded in 1983 and employs over 1800 employees operating in North Carolina, South Carolina, Iowa, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!