Every year, millions of cows, pigs, goats, sheep, and other animals are funneled through livestock markets on a stressful and terrorizing journey that often ends at the slaughterhouse. A new Mercy For Animals investigation at auctions across Mississippi reveals brutal violence at the hands of workers. READ MORE
HIDDEN-CAMERA FOOTAGE RECORDED BY
AN MFA INVESTIGATOR AT LIVESTOCK AUCTIONS UNCOVERED:
Workers violently kicking, punching, beating, and shocking animals
Goats, sheep and pigs being callously picked up by their ears and necks
Workers pulling tails and carelessly dragging animals by their hair
Animals routinely denied food, water, and proper veterinary care
  
CRUELTY CRITICS
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“This video shows severe animal abuse.”
Dr. Temple Grandin
“This facility demonstrates abominable mistreatment and abuse of its animals, cruel mishandling, unsafe conditions for its animals, and poor oversight of its workers. … Such despicable cruelty to animals is intolerable.”
Dr. Armaiti May
“[I]t is essential that the sort of blatant abuse illustrated in this nightmarish video must be stopped in its tracks, and that those perpetrating such abuse and those managers allowing it to take place , should be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowable by law.”
Dr. Bernard Rollin
“In summary, this auction facility causes unnecessary stress and pain to the animals by carrying them inappropriately, failing to provide water to animals held over an extended period of time, and by gratuitously beating and whipping them.”
Dr. Lee Schrader
“The handling and treatment of the animals depicted in the video at this facility is clearly deplorable and in much need of improvement.”
Dr. Sara Shields
“Management appears to be involved in denying the animals’ basic necessities, and there is no evidence that they are concerned about the culture of rampant worker cruelty toward the animals that exists in full view in their facility.”
Dr. Debra Teachout
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HIDDEN WORLD OF FARMED ANIMALS
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Cows are friendly and intelligent animals who form long-lasting, deep bonds of friendship with other cows and sometimes even their human caregivers. They mourn the deaths of those they love, shedding tears over the loss of friends who are separated from them. The bond between a cow and her calf is particularly strong, and mother cows have been known to bellow in sadness for days after their calves have been taken away and sold for slaughter.
Many people consider pigs to be among the smartest animals, and for good reason. According to Dr. Donald Broom, pigs are more intelligent and sophisticated than three-year-old children. In nature, pigs are social, playful, protective animals who bond with each other, relax in the sun, and cool off in the mud. If given the chance, many pigs sleep in cozy "pig piles" and love to cuddle with each other just like dogs do. Pigs are even known to dream.
Sheep and goats are both sensitive animals who are emotionally complex and extremely intelligent. Sheep can distinguish between different facial expressions in humans and recognize and remember the faces of at least 50 other sheep for up to two years.

While sheep are shy around strangers and become stressed when separated from their flocks, goats are more independent and free-spirited. Research shows that goats will develop regional “accents,” much like people do, depending on where they grew up.
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