At least one worker has been fired from a sow farm owned by Murphy Family Ventures in response to allegations of abusing animals. Murphy Family Ventures is an independent contract grower for Murphy-Brown LLC, a livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.
The firing occurred following the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals releasing an undercover videotape on Dec. 12, showing workers mistreating pigs..
Murphy Family Ventures and Murphy-Brown conducted internal investigations of their own, and has reviewed and reinforced its zero-tolerance animal-welfare policy with all employees.
"Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken (in the current case)," Murphy Family Ventures stated in a news release. "An employee responsible for unacceptable behavior has been terminated." It isn't clear if any other employees were also let go.
"All independent farmers who grow animals for Murphy-Brown, on a contractual basis, are required to comply fully with our own comprehensive, industry-leading animal welfare management program," the company release said. "Murphy-Brown has no higher priority than ensuring the well-being of our animals."
Source: Murphy-Brown, Meatingplace.com