Please Respond as You See Fit

This was recently brought to my attention through an email from peta. Do not read if you are faint of heart, and certainly don’t view the video.

I don’t think everyone should be Vegan. I don’t think that people shouldn’t eat meat and that ALL farmers treat their products this way. What I do think, is that large conglomerate companies are much harder to keep track of and employ individuals that aren’t “farmers” but “factory workers”. This abuse of animals is terrible, terrible, terrible, and while I believe that is is an anomoly and not the norm, I certainly won’t be purchasing products from Hormel until I hear that the inviduals involved have been terminated and their practices changed. Whether you care about the treatment of animals or not, the fact that workers urinated into the areas where they feed the animals may be of interest to you.

Again, please don’t take this as terrible propaganda but I felt it was my responsibility to get the word out to my small circle of friends that Hormel wasn’t such a great place to get your meat products. I know Mircea will cry b/c I won’t buy him Dinty Moore anymore, but I know that our tastebuds aren’t worth the pain inflicted on those animals that provide us life sustaining nourishment.

Off my soapbox, but this just boils my blood and makes me afraid of the world we live in where humans could treat ANYTHING this way.

UPDATE: I received the following email in response to my letter to Hormel. They are saying that they are not the owners of the hog farms, but indicating that they are suppliers for Hormel. They also provided a link. I am not sure if this completely apeases me, but in fairness, they did respond.

A video was released the evening of September 16, 2008 that showed images from a
hog farm in Iowa. It is important to note that the farm in the video is not a
Hormel Foods’ farm and the people are not Hormel Foods’ employees.
We find
the images in this video appalling and they are inconsistent with our standards
and industry standards for animal handling.
The abuse on the video depicted
practices that are completely unacceptable.
We expect all current suppliers
to adhere to the proper animal handling standards from day one and continue to
do so throughout our relationship.
We are working with our supplier to ensure
this activity is no longer taking place, and they are investigating this matter
and will take appropriate disciplinary actions, including terminating
Underscoring our company’s zero tolerance policy, we have in the
past terminated employees, truckers and contracts with producers when animal
welfare issues have arisen.
Animal welfare and animal husbandry have always
been top priority at Hormel Foods. This is simply about treating animals
humanely because it’s the right thing to do. We take our zero tolerance policy
for the inhumane treatment of animals very seriously and have implemented many
standards outlined in our responsibility report :
Manager Of Consumer Response

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