Seaboard’s 2008 Sustainability and Stewardship Report says the company believes “food animals can and should be raised, transported and processed using procedures that are safe and free from cruelty or neglect.” SEC and FTC spokeswomen said neither agency would comment on whether an investigation would be conducted. Ron Prestage, of Prestage Farms, said he didn’t think practices shown in the video were cruel. The company also uses larger pens for groups of hogs, but the crates help in cases where a sow needs to be isolated from other hogs, he said. They are intentionally designed to keep the animals from turning around, so they always have access to their food and always defecate on one side of the cage, he said. He said the company initiated an internal investigation into the claims. In a media statement, Seaboard CEO Terry Holton said the company disputes all allegations of animal cruelty. He said workers in the video are using standard practices. Oklahoma state Veterinarian Dr. Rod Hall said practices shown in the video are accepted, if not standard, in the swine industry, and comply with recommendations from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
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