The investigation is ongoing, but preliminary reports indicate that starvation or some sort of mass disease are the likely cause of death for 925 pigs found on an abandoned property in Fulton County, Pennsylvania early last week. Authorities are calling it an “apparent act of animal cruelty.”
Whether these animals died of disease or starvation, to let them suffer in a barn with no way out and no help from human hands shows unconscionable neglect, and we are urging local authorities to prosecute those responsible for this intolerable tragedy.
The animals were found early last week by a prospective buyer who visited the property and discovered hundreds of dead pigs in varying stages of decay. The ASCPA is helping local authorities with the investigation and autopsies are underway. Evidence suggests that some of the animals tried to escape the confinement barn and bodies were found outside of the facility.
According to authorities and local media reports, the farm’s owner, Daniel Clark, left the property in August, and the pigs appear to have been dead for several months. We will keep you updated on this case as it progresses, but in the meantime, we are asking people to contact the local District Attorney to urge prosecution.
It is important for citizens to speak out for the hundreds of animals who suffered so terribly at the hands of their negligent “owners.” We need the public to rally around this case so it doesn’t disappear into obscurity. Authorities and the media need to know that people care and that farm animals have feelings and deserve to be treated with respect. Animals exploited for food are so demeaned today that when we read news articles about their suffering and death, these animals are often referenced in terms of their monetary value. It’s important to remind the public that pigs and other farm animals are individuals with feelings. They are intelligent and sentient, just like cats or dogs. These pigs died a horrible, merciless death, struggling for freedom, and no one came to their rescue. Imagine if these were dogs found starved to death by the hundreds in a warehouse. The public would be outraged, and that should be the case here too.
Please contact the Fulton County District Attorney to ask that he seek justice for these pigs and prosecute the responsible parties to the fullest extent of the law.