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In the spring of 2015, LCA conducted a four-month investigation into a Minnesota pig farm operated by Walmart supplier Christensen Farms. The facility is a “breed-to-wean” factory farm where 2,500 mother pigs, producing over 1,300 piglets each week, are confined to small metal crates for their entire lives. The investigation uncovered multiple incidents of systematic neglect and cruelty.

Examples of the extreme abuse include:

  • Pigs with large vaginal and anal prolapses and other severe injuries being forced to walk or drag themselves before being shot.
  • Workers slapping, kicking and stabbing downed sows with pens.
  • Workers dragging pigs by their snouts and ears.
  • Workers failing to promptly euthanize piglets in critical condition.
  • Company protocols that result in piglets being left in carbon dioxide inhalation chambers overnight and not being confirmed dead until the next morning.
  • Pigs with debilitating illness and injuries left to suffer for prolonged periods, sometimes as long as ten weeks. Many of these grossly neglected sows became too weak to access feed and water, quickly becoming emaciated and later found dead. 

Christensen Piglet in Garbage

Christensen Dead Piglet in Garbage

Christensen Dying Pig in Sick Pen

Christensen Dying Pig in Sick Pen 2

Christensen Dying Pigs in Pen

Christensen Dying Pigs in Sick Pen

Christensen Injured Pig in Hallway

Christensen Injured Pig in Hallway

Christensen Lone Piglet

Christensen Lone Piglet

Christensen Pig Being Killed

Christensen Pig Being Killed

Christensen Piglet Attempted Chamber Escape

Christensen Piglet Attempted Chamber Escape 1

Christensen Piglet Attempted Chamber Escape 2

Christensen Piglet Attempted Chamber Escape 2

Christensen Pig Pressure Sore

Christensen Wounded Pig Pressure Sore

“As much abuse as is depicted bespeaks very poor, unconcerned management. The managers are as guilty as the workers if they allow the animals to suffer as long as they do. Any legal action brought against the facility should also include the supervisory personnel who allow this sort of behavior to proceed uncorrected. …I urge that this facility be prosecuted for animal cruelty to the fullest extent permitted by law.”

- Bernard E. Rollin, University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Animal Sciences and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.

Five employees at Christensen Farms were fired as a result of LCA’s investigation.

LCA investigators were able to capture 360-degree video of the cramped, filthy facilities in which the pigs at Christensen Farms are forced to live. Use your cursor or move your mobile device to look in all directions in the video below:

As disturbing as the findings at Christensen Farms may be, they are hardly unique; virtually all farmed animals are raised in equally horrific conditions. The best way to stop the abuse is to adopt a cruelty free, plant-based diet.

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