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Agribusiness lies about welfare of pregnant pigs

Tyson Foods IncorporatedCargill, Inc.Humane Society of the United States

When I read the letter in the Saturday edition of The Sun "Pregnant pigs treated humanely" (Sept. 22), I had to laugh out loud when I read the name of the person who wrote the letter. Rick Berman is a well-known hired gun who uses front groups, such as "Center for Consumer Freedom," to defend his corporate clients in Washington, D.C.

The "veterinarians" Mr. Berman describes in his letter claiming the policy of confining pregnant sows in cages so small that they cannot turn around and can barely stand up for their entire life is in fact humane are the same veterinarians who are on the huge agribusiness payroll. These agribusinesses, such as Cargill, Inc., Tyson Foods, Inc., and Pilgrims's Pride Corp., donate heavily to fund Mr. Berman and his "interest groups."

It does not take a "veterinarian" to tell us when an animal is living a life of misery. We are lucky to have wonderful groups like The Humane Society of the United States who have made huge strides with many recent successes in improving the lives of farm animals.

Ann Roberts, Lutherville

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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