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Published December 22, 2010, 09:55 AM

Smithfield fires 3 workers for mistreating pigs

RICHMOND, Va. — Smithfield Foods Inc. says it has fired two employees and their supervisor for mistreating pigs at a Virginia farm.

RICHMOND, Va. — Smithfield Foods Inc. says it has fired two employees and their supervisor for mistreating pigs at a Virginia farm.

The Humane Society of the United States last week released results from an undercover investigation that showed breeding pigs abused and crammed into small gestation crates at the farm of livestock production subsidiary Murphy-Brown.

The company did an internal investigation and announced on its website Tuesday that three workers were fired for violating the company's animal welfare policies. The results were first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Smithfield Foods is the world's largest pork producer.

The Humane Society has called on Smithfield to renew its commitment to phasing out the gestation crates, which severely limit pigs' movement.

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