MowMar farms' officials, the new owner of a pig/swine operation featured in a video posted on the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals' Web site, say they are surprised and outraged over the images of animal mistreatment at this newly acquired farm. "As a family owned farm operation with over 30 years in the swine business, MowMar farms does not and will not tolerate the mistreatment of any animals under our husbandry and we take these PETA allegations very seriously," they said in a statement.
The statement released on Thursday, went on to say:
According to PETA, the mistreatment of pigs at the farm site was filmed over a period of three months starting June 10. MowMar farms purchased the farm featured in the video less than a month ago and has retained a new management company to oversee the daily operations at the farm. MowMar was first made aware of these allegations just two days ago, Monday, September 15t, when PETA notified MowMar officials that it wanted to meet.
PETA representatives and MowMar’s farm managers had a frank and open discussion in a meeting this morning about what PETA discovered and the actions being taken to correct this unfortunate situation. These commitments by MowMar and the farm manager include:
- A thorough investigation has been initiated of the incidents, policies and personnel that were in place prior to the acquisition of the farm by MowMar. Employees who committed animal-cruelty violations have been and will be terminated based on the investigation findings.
- An animal-handling expert will be invited to come to the farm and conduct a review of the policies and procedures to insure there is an independent authority providing additional guidance and best practices.
- Any policies or procedures that are not consistent with MowMar’s policies and generally accepted standards for the treatment of farm animals will be revised and strengthened.
- Current and future employees of MowMar and the farm management company will receive extensive training on our policies and the proper treatment of animals on our farms.
- Further, the effectiveness of video-monitoring equipment is being researched as a tool to oversee all aspects of herd care.
In conclusion, MowMar farm officials will continue to enforce a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ with respect to the mistreatment or abuse of farm animals and is committed to correcting this inexcusable situation as quickly as possible.
Source: MowMar Farms