December 22, 2010
Smithfield Foods Inc. says it has fired two employees and their supervisor for mistreating pigs at a Virginia farm.
The Humane Society of the United States last week released results from an undercover investigation that showed breeding pigs abused and crammed into small gestation crates at the Waverly farm of the company's livestock production subsidiary Murphy-Brown.
The company did an internal investigation, and announced on its website Tuesday that three workers were fired for violating the company's animal welfare policies. The results were first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Smithfield Foods is the world's largest pork producer.
The Humane Society has called on Smithfield to renew its commitment to phasing out the gestation crates, which severely limit the pig's movement.