Mercy for Animals, an animal activist organization has posted an undercover investigation video from a Minnesota hog farm. The video, posted online July 16, 2012 by MFA has been analyzed by a panel of animal wellbeing experts.
Animal Care Review Panel member Dr. John Deen of the University of Minnesota says there are two major points to take away from the video. “They were trying to use the video to make the point that gestation stalls should be banned,” he says. “But they chose standard production practices within a swine farm here in Minnesota that don’t really make the argument.”
Deen tells Brownfield the Animal Care Review Panel requested the unedited version of the video, but Mercy for Animals did not respond to their request. “Invariably they don’t give prevalence measures that said ‘this many piglets died’ or ‘x amount of sows had injuries’,” he says. “There is no real method of assessing from their video the level of care giving on the farm.” Deen notes that is one of the frustrating aspects of always “viewing it through their lens”.
Mercy for Animals has posted the video on two of the websites it operates that speak out against Costco and Walmart.