MowMar farms has received notice on Wednesday that the Greene County Sheriff and County Attorney’s Office have filed charges against six former employees involved in past mistreatment of animals at MowMar's newly acquired pig/swine operation in Bayard, Iowa. This comes in response to documented in video footage released that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released last month.
In a statement, MowMar farms' owners expressed surprise and outrage over the images of animal mistreatment depicted in video footage that released by PETA on Sept. 16 — less than one month after MowMar purchased the farm. MowMar farms representatives met with PETA to review their allegations and hear their suggestions for corrective action. MowMar officials have been very public in their committed to implement a series of investigative, disciplinary and corrective actions.
MowMar’s ongoing internal investigations into past activities has resulted in the termination of some farm employees. All six employees charged by the Greene County Sheriff and Attorney are no longer employed at the farm. MowMar owners and management will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and review the findings from the Sheriff’s Office investigation.
Also based on new evidence, Suidae Health & Production, the farm-management firm that MowMar employs, has terminated the farm manager. All existing and new employees receive extensive and ongoing training to ensure that MowMar's zero-tolerance policy with respect to mistreatment or abuse of farm animals is upheld.
According to a statement, MowMar owners point out that they "share the goal of ensuring that all animals managed by our operations are treated in a humane manner, guided by policies that meet the highest legal, ethical and industry standards for animal husbandry."