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May 29, 2020 - The Intercept

USA: Hidden Video and Whistleblower Reveal Gruesome Mass-Extermination Method for Iowa Pigs Amid Pandemic

USA: Hidden Video and Whistleblower Reveal Gruesome Mass-Extermination Method for Iowa Pigs Amid Pandemic
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Warning, this article includes video & graphic images some readers may find disturbing.

Iowa's largest pork producer, Iowa Select Farms, has been using a cruel and excruciating method to kill thousands of pigs that have become commercially worthless due to the coronavirus pandemic. As is true for so much of what the agricultural industry does, the company's gruesome extermination of sentient animals that are emotionally complex and intelligent has been conducted entirely out of public view.'

But The Intercept, as the result of an investigation by animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, or DxE, has obtained video footage of the procedure and the resulting carnage that occurred at one of the company's facilities in mid-May. Additionally, a whistleblower employed by Iowa Select has provided extensive details to The Intercept about the extraordinary methods now being employed to kill pigs -- agonizingly and over the course of many hours -- in increasingly large numbers.

What prompted both the DxE investigation and the whistleblower to come forward is Iowa Select's recent adoption of the mass-extermination method known as "ventilation shutdown," or VSD. Under this method, pigs at the company's rural Grundy County facility are being "depopulated," using the industry's jargon, by sealing off all airways to their barns and inserting steam into them, intensifying the heat and humidity inside and leaving them to die overnight. Most pigs -- though not all -- die after hours of suffering from a combination of being suffocated and roasted to death.

Read more at The Intercept

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