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Matt Johnson,, (319) 464-5985

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VIDEO: Florence Flooding of Factory Farms Results in Mass Chicken Drownings, Dumpster Full of Dead Piglets

Animal suffering and death written off as cost of doing business, activists say

Shocking footage has surfaced as activists with the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) and Brother Wolf Animal Sanctuary, as well as independent activists, entered flooded North Carolina factory farms, including farms owned and contracted by Smithfield Foods, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Activists found barns with thousands of drowned chickens, and dumpsters filled with hundreds of dead piglets, as well adult pigs.

They were also able to save one piglet, who was treated for flesh-eating bacteria and is doing well, despite losing part of his ear.

“These animals are sensitive, intelligent individuals,” activist Arwen Carlin said. “Yet corporations like Smithfield intentionally neglect them to brutal deaths for the sake of the bottom line.”

Beyond abusing animals, industrial farming jeopardizes the health of people who live near their farms. Massive manure lagoons flooded throughout the state during the hurricane, spreading dangerous pathogens throughout the countryside. A string of successful lawsuits in recent months charged Smithfield with polluting the air, creating a stink so bad people living near the farms couldn’t venture outside. Most recently, Smithfield was fined $473.5 million. More than two dozen additional lawsuits, filed on behalf of about 500 neighbors, are still pending, with many more likely in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.


(Additional video of hundreds of dead chickens at flooded chicken factory farm HERE)


Investigators with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) enter farms, slaughterhouses, and other agricultural facilities to document abuses and rescue sick and injured animals. DxE’s investigatory work has been featured in The New York Times, Nightline, and a viral Glenn Greenwald exposé, and DxE activists led the recent effort to ban fur products in  San Francisco. Activists have been subjected to FBI raids and felony prosecutions for these investigations and rescues. Visit Direct Action Everywhere on Facebook and at Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.

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