The National Pork Board President Steve Weaver released the following response to accusations of animal abuse on an Iowa hog farm:

The pork industry condemns the abuse of any animal.

NPB and America's pork producers take their ethical responsibility for the proper care of pigs seriously and will not tolerate any mistreatment of animals.

The owners of the Iowa sow farm investigated by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals also have said that they will not tolerate the misconduct of any employee involved in the care of animals. The owners said they are taking immediate steps to correct the problems at the Bayard, Iowa, facility they purchased on Aug. 18, 2008.

Representatives of the owners met Wednesday morning with PETA staff members to discuss specific corrective steps.

U.S. pork producers are committed to care for animals in a way that protects their well-being. The industry provides education and training programs - including Pork Quality Assurance Plus and the Transport Quality Assurance Program -- to ensure that all persons involved in the care of pigs understand their ethical responsibility and possess the skills necessary to provide good care.

I also would encourage anyone having knowledge of the possible mistreatment of animals to bring that immediately to the attention of the responsible persons.

Source: National Pork Board