Whole Foods ‘Happy Meat’ Supplier Exposed

Date: 2015-09-17 10:18

From: PETA
PETA’s Action Center Alert


A PETA exposé reveals the factory farmlike conditions-and suffering-at a so-called “happy meat” pork supplier to Whole Foods, despite its rating as a “Step 2” farm under its “5-Step(TM)” animal welfare rating system. We found pigs confined to crowded sheds with concrete floors at all times except when being weighed or transported. They could see and smell but never set foot on the lush green grass that surrounds the barns. Although Whole Foods claims that pigs on Step 2 farms will live “enriched lives” and are “free-roaming” with “no crowding,” we found the opposite-and worse.

Pigs on this farm with illnesses and injuries-including neurological ailments and bleeding rectal prolapses-went without adequate veterinary care for days or even weeks. Countless pigs who had been given antibiotics were loaded into trucks bound for a slaughterhouse that supplies Whole Foods, which boasts, “Our Meat: No Antibiotics, Ever.”

For environmental enrichment, the pigs were given metal chains and rubber hoses, despite “extensive research,” as the standards state, showing that these are “not considered acceptable enrichment.” And as you can see in the video footage, more than 20 pigs were tightly packed into a metal trailer on a hot day more than 24 hours before they were hauled to slaughter for Whole Foods-just because the manager didn’t want to wait another day to pull straw out of a pen.

These animals need your help.

Take action – http://www2.peta.org/site/R?i=cqa_Rxh6WG8ItmyUj4Tp5w

Take action by urging Whole Foods to stop misleading caring consumers and to start using the standards as a guide for producers to reduce suffering, not as a marketing tool.


You can do more to help! There is no such thing as “humane meat.” The best thing that you can do to stop the suffering of animals is to go vegan (http://www2.peta.org/site/R?i=aRuo_3w9ldFU-BCH1BbUmQ ). Order a free vegan starter kit and get a vegan mentor today!

Together, we can make a difference for these suffering animals. Thank you.


Dan Paden
Associate Director of Evidence Analysis
Cruelty Investigations Department

P.S. You can help PETA conduct groundbreaking investigations, educate the public about the pain that these animals endure, and support people who want to go vegan. By making a donation today, you will help pigs, chickens, geese, and other animals who are being abused right now.


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