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Most Recent Statement

Smithfield Statement on October 8, 2022, Utah Verdict

The following may be attributed to Jim Monroe, Smithfield Foods’ vice president of corporate affairs:

This verdict is very disappointing as it may encourage anyone opposed to raising animals for food to vandalize farms.

Following this 2017 incident, we immediately launched an investigation and completed a third-party audit after learning of alleged mistreatment of animals on a company-owned hog farm in Milford, Utah. The audit results showed no findings of animal mistreatment.

Those involved in this incident claim to be animal care advocates. They risked the lives of the animals they stole and the lives of the animals living on our farms by trespassing and violating our strict biosecurity policy that prevents the spread of disease.

The individuals who committed this act are part of an anti-meat movement determined to undermine livestock agriculture. We raise pigs to feed people with wholesome, nutritious and affordable protein. Any deviation from our high standards for animal care is counterproductive to this mission and would never be tolerated.  From the farm to our processing facilities, we continue to uphold our steadfast commitment to the safety, health and comfort of our animals through biosecurity, regular veterinary care, and safe, comfortable housing through every stage of our animals’ lives.  

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