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The Maschhoffs and Hormel Foods Launch Animal Cruelty Investigations Following Undercover Video

February 1, 2017

The rural Carlyle based The Maschhoffs and Hormel Foods have both launched investigations into allegations of animal cruelty at an Oklahoma farm. The action comes after an undercover video made by Mercy for Animals was released.

During the investigation, Hormel Foods Corporation says it has stopped accepting hogs from the Maschhoffs, one of the nation’s largest pork producers. Hormel said third-party auditors would go to other Maschhoffs sites to check animal care standards. The company says it has a strict supplier code of conduct and policies relating to animal care and welfare and will not tolerate any violation of those policies.

Maschhoffs President Bradley Wolter said his company is also investigating and will re-train all Oklahoma employees on production procedures. The company says it has a zero tolerance animal care policy with all employees and Production Partners.

“We view animal care as a continuous-improvement process,” says Wolter. “We will continue to make investments to further our animal care standards in the future. Properly caring for our animals is of the utmost importance.”

The footage was released by Mercy for Animals, which called the treatment abuse. The video shows pigs in crowded pens and being hit with gas cans.

“Mercy For Animals is calling on Hormel to immediately adopt meaningful animal welfare requirements to prevent egregious animal abuse throughout the company’s entire supply chain, including installing live-stream cameras to deter abuse; prohibiting the extreme confinement of pigs in inherently cruel gestation and farrowing crates; and ending painful and unnecessary mutilations, such as castration and tail docking, without pain relief,” the group said in a statement.

The Maschhoffs ran into a similar problem with alleged animal abuse last May when an undercover video was taken of one of its Nebraska farms. An investigation and retraining was also ordered after that incident.

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