Animal Rights Activists Plan Return to Farmer John Plant in Vernon
February 15, 2021
Animal rights activists plan to protest in front of the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon Monday, stringing together 7,000 paper hearts to honor the 7,000 pigs they estimate are killed at the facility each day.
The planned demonstration comes amid a growing COVID-19 outbreak at the facility, where 882 workers have been infected with the coronavirus. That抯 more than double the number of cases reported just six weeks ago, and by far the largest outbreak at a nonresidential setting in Los Angeles County.
The only other similarly sized outbreak at an industrial facility is the 601 cases at Northrop-Grumman in Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
The activists say they are 揹rawing attention to the heartless attitude of the Smithfield corporation towards these sentient beings and to the workers at the facility.?/p>
Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, which owns Farmer John, defended its health and safety record.
揝mithfield is a recognized leader in animal wellbeing as we produce safe, quality and nutritious food for so many people,?said Keira Lombardo, the firm抯 chief administrative officer...
... United Food and Commercial Workers 770 filed complaints...