Sorry PETA, no violations here

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Stamp Workers at an Iowa hog farm were accused of abusing animals, but an investigation resulted in no violations, according to Pam Arndt, executive director of the Humane Society in that county.

The investigation included a five-hour inspection at Grandview Farms, owned by Tom and Joni Dittmer near Eldridge, Iowa. The operation produces 160,000 hogs a year and employs more than 30 people.

According to a report from the Quad City Times, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a complaint with the Scott County Sheriff and County Attorney claiming workers repeatedly abused animals. Although the original complaint by PETA did not state the name of the person making the allegations, the group confirmed later that it is David Clark Johnson Jr. of Pleasant Valley, a former Grandview employee who worked there for 15 months before being fired for misconduct in July.

The farm's veterinarian, Dr. Mark Brinkman, and the Dittmers have called the animal rights group's claims groundless. An animal control officer and veterinarian contracted by the Humane Society visited Grandview Farms last week. They looked at policy and procedure manuals, including euthanasia procedures, went through the hog barns, saw how animals were moved around and examined some of the farm's sows. After the investigation, they concluded no violations had occurred.

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SD  |  October, 07, 2013 at 10:35 AM

There must be a better headline! PETA's Pants On Fire: Lying about care of pigs.......again! Factual, to the point, isn't it? Typical animal rights extremists might see your headline as proof that people in the pig/pork business WANT to mistreat them, since you are "sorry" there is no abuse on that farm.

kansas  |  October, 07, 2013 at 02:56 PM

I believe there are laws against making false claims and false charges, including both civil and criminal penalties. And i believe Feld Entertainment's (Ringling Bros.) suit against another radical "animal rights" organization, HSUS, for similar false accusations - which included RICCO violations - was successful. Seems past time someone in Agriculture grew a pair and took similar action. And you would think our producer groups would be glad to assist individuals like the Dittmers financially in this. Looking forward to it!


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