An undercover video from an Oklahoma hog farm released today shows workers abusing animals, actions that violate the high standards of the U.S. pork industry.

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) does not condone and, in fact, strongly condemns practices that are not in accord with U.S. pork industry best practices.

NPPC calls on Oklahoma authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and to bring criminal charges against workers who abused animals.

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NPPC is concerned, however, that the video was held for more than a month after the abuse occurred before being made public; it also appears that the video was not provided to Oklahoma law enforcement authorities although it was given to an NBC News reporter earlier this week.

Providing humane and compassionate care for their pigs at every stage of life is one of the ethical principles to which U.S. pork producers adhere. U.S. pork producers are committed to caring for animals in a way that protects their well-being. Just as it is to others, abuse of animals is appalling to pork producers. Farmers do not defend and will not accept abuse of animals.

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