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11 July 1999 Issue

Pig Farmers Indicted After PETA Investigation
By [email protected], ARO staff member

On July 6th a landmark legal precedent was set and a victory achieved for the rights of factory farmed animals. For the very first time, pig farmers were indicted by a grand jury for felony animal abuse. Three workers, two of them managers, at the Belcross pig-breeding facility in North Carolina were charged after a three month undercover investigation by PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Acts of incredible cruelty were captured on videotape including beatings with metal rods, skinning live pigs and sawing off the legs of a conscious animal.

The staff of Animal Rights Online applauds PETA for their work in bringing these facts to light and being instrumental in having charges brought against these workers. Pigs are very intelligent and sensitive animals who are routinely treated in the most horrible ways at factory farms. Hopefully, this legal case will give pig farmers something to think about and will decrease the most blatant abuses.

It may also cause many people to become aware of how much suffering is
involved to put bacon on their breakfast tables.

For the full story of PETA's investigation of the Belcross pig farm, go to

Pig Cruelty Exposed

We must warn you, the acts of cruelty are so excessive that the story is hard to read. We also suggest that you think twice before you download the video available.

We do recommend that you check out the link to the page "What you can do" Pig Cruelty Exposed: What You Can Do

and write letters or emails to the names they list. Especially our "environmentalist" Vice President, Al Gore, who recently announced $50 million in "emergency aid" to an industry that treats animals cruelly, pollutes our nation's waterways and whose products are linked to our country's top killers: heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

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