New LCA Undercover Investigation Reveals Systematic Abuse and Neglect of Pigs
A 3-month undercover investigation by LCA exposes severe abuse and neglect at Crimson Lane Farms, a pig breeding farm in Kenilworth, Ontario that supplies Olymel, Canada’s largest pork processor. Olymel pork is sold by major retailers across Canada including Walmart, Metro and Real Canadian Superstore.
Despite Olymel's claim to hold "the highest standards of animal welfare," LCA's video shows workers striking and kicking pregnant pigs, shocking them with electric prods, and allowing pigs with debilitating injuries to languish in agony for prolonged periods.
The cruelty is appalling:
- An employee jabbed a sow who had just given birth with his pen, kicked her in her ribs, and used a piece of sheet metal to spear her in her back as she cried out in distress.
- Pigs with life-threatening uterine prolapses were kept alive for days to nurse their newborn piglets, or so that their dead bodies wouldn’t decompose too much before a truck came to collect them.
- In the most horrific cases, management kept extremely prolapsed pigs alive to bring them closer to term, and removed their piglets using a procedure referred to as a “slash and grab.” This involved disemboweling the pregnant pig and cutting her piglets from her dying body.
- Workers would repeatedly throw sick piglets against the barn floor as an ineffective euthanasia attempt called “thumping.” Many piglets were still alive, and tossed into piles of the dead.
After completing the investigation, LCA submitted complaints to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police detailing over 70 violations of the OSPCA Act and the Criminal Code. Go to FactoryFarm360.org to see the full findings.
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