Earlier this year, a hog farm in B.C. received backlash after a video depicting severe animal cruelty surfaced online. Following the release of the video, the B.C. SPCA launched and closed an investigation on the incidents shown in the video. Now, the B.C. SPCA is reopening the hog farm animal cruelty case after more undercover footage was released.
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Earlier this year in March, PETA released a shocking video showing the horrifying conditions at Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford, B.C.
Following the release, Narcity spoke with Dan Paden, vice president at PETA, about the incident. According to Paden, the documentation was passed along to the SPCA to conduct an investigation.
While animal rights activists remained hopeful for a while, the original investigation swiftly came to an end. Although there was apparent abuse and neglect in the video, there was no time stamp and geo-tagging on the footage — which made it difficult to support charges.
Three months later, the case is now being reopened by B.C. SPCA after additional footage was released on Vimeo.
The video was originally posted on Vimeo by “BC Pork Uncovered". In the seven-minute long video, you can see many distubing elements that are similar to the original video posted back in March.
Many large pigs are seen walking around with large growths on their bodies, small pens in which the animals and their babies live and show shots of deceased piglets.
In one part of the video, you can see a person throw dead piglets from one side of the room to the other. The next shot shows a wheelbarrow full of dead young pigs.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the video was filmed by whistler-blowers and submitted to the SPCA last week. Shawn Eccles, senior manager of cruelty investigations with the B.C. SPCA, has confirmed with Narcity that the video has been seen by the organization.
As of now, Eccles stated that the new information is being reviewed to determine if there is a violation of the criminal code that could result in charges.
When the original video was released, the BC Pork Producers Association (BCPPA) made a statement saying that the video “lacks context and understanding.” They were quick to follow by saying that “some of the scenes are concerning.”
Following the intense coverage, a protest was held inside the Abbotsford farm on April 28, 2019. During this protest, about 200 people arrived at the farm with another 50 entering the barn.
With protestors sporting “meat the victim” shirts, this labelled peaceful protest was a public demonstration rallying for the ethical treatment of animals.
Paden has stated that PETA had nothing to do with the organization of the protest; however, they are happy it happened. “We applaud the people that stand up for animals including those 200 kind souls that protested on Sunday.”
According to Johnston, Excelsior Hog Farm sends their pigs to a number of companies including Johnston’s — which is a Chilliwack-based slaughterhouse. Johnston’s claims to be working alongside suppliers that raise pigs under “a clear standard of care according to best treatment practices.”
Since the unfolding, the farm has not released a public statement.
Narcity has reached out to Excelsior Hog Farm for comment and we will update this story when we receive a response.
Correction: An earlier version of this article misrepresented Choices Markets relationship with the hog farm. It has been updated with accurate information and you can read their full statement here.