Death on a Factory Farm

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Joe Wiles, owner of Wiles Farm in Wayne County, OH, saw no problem with the hog abuse that occurred on his factory farm.


According to the Humane Farming Association (HFA), his standard operating procedures included “starvation of sick and injured pigs, forcing pigs to live in their own waste, severe overcrowding and cannibalism, beatings, inhumane transport, and the hanging and slow death by asphyxiation of struggling and fully conscious pigs.”

The cruelties these animals endured are exposed in Death on a Factory Farm, an HBO documentary that premiers tonight. (Click here for airdates.)

Emmy-nominated filmmakers Tom Simon and Sarah Teale follow HFA’s undercover investigation of the Wiles Farm and the court case that followed. An investigator, working as a farmhand, wore a hidden camera that captured gruesome footage of the farm’s abuses. A synopsis of the film is available here.

Organic consumers can help spread the word about industrial farming by visiting and sharing these links:

Humane Farming Association
Mercy for Animals
Animal Welfare Institute
The Humane Society of the United States
Compassion Over Killing

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