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Saturday, March 7, 2009

This Little Piggy Went to Market

If you have HBO, you've seen the advertisements for the upcoming documentary on animal cruelty, centering on a pig farm in Ohio. The owners of that farm were charged with animal cruelty, following video footage shot by undercover agents from an animal rights group called the Humane Farming Association.

US pork producers, already facing rising prices, are worried the documentary - set to air next Monday and another 19 times by April 1st - will further affect sales. They are eager to let consumers know that "...there are 75,000 hog farms across the country and what happened on this farm is not common practice."

Animal rights groups have forced change in the meat industries. California's Proposition 2 - which overwhelmingly passed with 2/3 of the votes in favor - prohibits the confinement of animals which prevents them from turning around (veal), as well as changed the way they are transported. The penalties include fines up to $1000 and imprisonment for up to 180 days. The Pork Board plans meetings to further discuss the issues raised by the documentary.

Death on a Factory Farm premieres Monday, March 16th, on HBO.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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