The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) issued a statement today addressing comments that appeared in a recent National Journal article.

The statement reads as follows, “On behalf of the National Pork Producers Council, I sincerely regret the recent comments in a news article that were attributed to an employee of the National Pork Producers Council. The comments were inappropriate and do not represent the views of our organization nor do they reflect the values of the hardworking American farmers who produce safe and nutritious pork for consumers around the world. Our nation’s pork producers take great pride in their long-standing commitment to the highest standards of humane care for animals. They are good people with good values. They care deeply for the animals they raise and make their health and well-being a top priority.” –Neil Dierks, CEO, NPPC.

See the NPPC statement here.

Read the National Journal article here. It appears the quote referenced in the article has subsequently been used by animal rights organizations in a new ad and facebook campaign targeting gestation crates.