DES MOINES, Iowa – Authorities on Wednesday charged six employees with animal abuse and neglect in connection with a video obtained by an animal rights group that showed workers abusing pigs.
Reports said that the investigation started after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a video about a month ago of workers at a farm in
Greene County, Iowa Sheriff Tom Heater said warrants have been issued for the workers, who are facing charges that include livestock abuse, aiding and abetting livestock abuse and livestock neglect. Once they are arrested, they will have hearings before a
According to a news release from Heater's office, four of the workers no longer work at the plant, while two others are still employed there.
Livestock abuse and aiding and abetting livestock abuse are aggravated misdemeanors that carry penalties including a maximum fine of $6,250 and up to two years in prison, according to the
Source: Associated Press