Upon viewing recently released video footage showing swine abused at a Pennsylvania pig-breeding facility, the American Veterinary Medical Association today strongly condemned the cruelty depicted and repeated its call for stricter adherence to established humane handling guidelines for food production animals.

"The tossing of these animals and the grabbing of the animals by their ears, along with other egregious practices depicted in the video, are unacceptable," said W. Ron DeHaven, DVM, chief executive officer of the AVMA. "Those charged with the responsibility of handling animals have a duty to do so with respect for the animal's health, welfare and safety."

The pork industry, DeHaven said, has guidelines in place for the humane care and handling of swine. "By these standards or any others, however, it is clear that the actions depicted in this video are unacceptable," he added.

The AVMA is encouraged by reports that the owners of the farm in question have taken corrective action, DeHaven said." We also hope that the appropriate regulatory authorities will investigate to ensure future compliance," he said.

In a related announcement, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians has joined others to reinforce the importance of proper animal handling and well-being and to condemn the mistreatment of animals.

The AASV encourages its members to use this incident as an opportunity to work with their clients to reinforce the importance of good animal husbandry practices and concern for animal well-being. All producers should receive training on proper animal handling techniques and participate in industry programs supporting proper animal care.

Source, AVMA, AASV