The animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere has said that it found evidence of animal neglect at an Iowa farm owned by a state senator. Footage released from Rosewood Pork, Inc., Iowa pig farm owned by Iowa state Sen. Ken Rozenboom shows animals in distress.

Alongside filing complaints with the sheriffs office, county attorney and the state’s agriculture department, the group released a statement, ” Inside the barns, investigators documented months-old piglets suffering bloody rectal prolapses and intense overcrowding. They came across one piglet who was unable to stand, and gasped for air while thrashing wildly for several minutes, before eventually dying.”


Direct Action Everywhere entered the facility without Rosewood Pork’s permission to protest a law passed last year that made it a criminal offense for undercover reporters and activists to visit facilities. The law was supported by Rozenboom.

Watch the footage in this video by Direct Action Everywhere. Warning: some images are distressing.

Matt Johnson, the project’s lead investigator, said in a statement, “Having grown up in Iowa, I know firsthand that ordinary people everywhere want animals – and the people speaking up for them – to be treated with respect. When animal abuse is brought to light, it’s the abuse itself which is the problem, not the exposure of that abuse. Ag-gag laws are a clear indication that this industry has a lot to hide.”

Rozenboom said he would be pressing charges agains the group for trespassing. Learn more about pigs and factory farms in One Green Planet, check out these articles:


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