On October 29, 2013, undercover videos were released by Mercy for Animals, a part of the Humane Society of the United States, depicting animal abuse on a hog farms. According to Brownfield Ag’s press release, the videos show practices such as using “blunt force trauma” to euthanize piglets. According to a press releaseby the National Pork Producer’s Council (NPPC), at Pipestone farms, one of the farms depicted in the videos, a veterinarian, who was taken by law enforcement to the farm, determined that there was no inhumane treatment or violations of good production standards. Consequently, no charges were filed against the farm operators. After an internal investigation, Pipestone farms decided to immediately fire the employee involved for not complying with its animal care protocols.
Mercy for Animals has released the videos in a campaign against Wal-Mart.