As most of my loyal readers know (all 2 of you), I am a big advocate of knowing where your food comes from. Submitted for your consideration:
Fri Dec 17, 1:15 pm ET
Undercover investigation of Smithfield Foods reveals factory farm horrors
By Brett Michael Dykes
If you enjoy eating pork occasionally, you might not want to read any further. But you probably should -- especially as America waits to learn the fate of the almost universally hailed food-safety bill, which suddenly faces hurdles in Congress.
This week the Humane Society released the results of its undercover investigation of a Virginia pig farm that's owned by Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world. A Humane Society investigator spent a month inside the Waverly, Va., facility, armed with a hidden camera. Among the more disturbing findings was this:
Female breeding pigs were crammed inside "gestation crates" so small the animals could barely move for virtually their entire lives. The animals engaged in stereotypic behaviors such as biting the bars of crates, indicating poor well-being in the extreme confinement conditions. Some had bitten their bars so incessantly that blood from their mouths coated the fronts of their crates. The breeding pigs also suffered injuries from sharp crate protrusions and open pressure sores that developed from their unyielding confinement.
The pork industry is no better than any other meat factory industry and maybe worse since hogs seem to have a level of intelligence and cognizance beyond that of chickens or even cattle. Sadly they are treated like insects or bacteria. They are raised in horribly confined spaces. Unlike chickens, there is no movement to give them "free range" or "uncaged" lives (both of which are a farse, btw).
So please, if you can, know where your food comes from and the conditions under which it is raised. I know, at this point that is the pursuit of those who can afford to be discriminatory in their food selections. Hopefully that will cange in the near future.
SagaciousHillbilly . . purveyor of free and happy poultry products.