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· Animal rights group says 91 pigs died in cold at Nebraska pork plant
· Animal rights group calls for charges after nearly 100 pigs reportedly froze to death at Crete plant
Animal rights group says 91 pigs died in cold at Nebraska pork plant
via KTIV (IA) - April 1, 2021
CRETE, Neb. (AP) — An animal rights group is demanding a criminal investigation because 91 pigs died at a Smithfield Foods plant in Nebraska after being exposed to extremely cold temperatures while waiting to be unloaded from trucks in February.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group sent a letter to the Saline County Sheriff’s office Thursday with a copy of a USDA report on the deaths at the Smithfield plant in Crete.
At least 40 trucks sat for more than an hour...
Animal rights group calls for charges after nearly 100 pigs reportedly froze to death at Crete plant
Zach Hammack, Lincoln Journal Star (NE)
Apr 1, 2021
An animal rights group is calling for criminal charges after a USDA report showed nearly 100 pigs froze to death after being exposed to cold temperatures on trucks at a Smithfield meat processing plant in Crete in February.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the Saline County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday requesting an investigation under the state's Livestock Animal Welfare Act.
The report, which came after a tip from PETA, details how 91 pigs died between Feb. 15-16 while waiting in trucks in temperatures as low as 27 degrees below zero. The agency reported that Smithfield workers did not unload the pigs for an hour from at least 40 trucks after they arrived during bitterly cold weather.
"A USDA inspector also saw pigs suffering from frostbite lesions — up to 1 foot long — in every pen at the facility’s holding barn and had seen other pigs suffering from frostbite in early February," PETA investigator Colin Henstock wrote in a letter to Saline County Sheriff Alan Moore...