Christensen Farms takes action to protect animal welfare

Company launches investigation into alleged improper care of animals.

Christensen Farms & Feedlots Inc. announced Aug. 7 that it has suspended seven employees and is conducting a full internal investigation after learning of possible improper animal care at one of the company’s Minnesota hog facilities.

“We were disappointed to learn of alleged violations of our animal welfare policies at one of our facilities,” Christensen Farms chief executive officer Glenn Stolt said. “At Christensen Farms, we take the health and welfare of our animals very seriously. It is our responsibility, and we owe it to our packer customers and consumers to provide uncompromising care to our animals. There is no place in this industry for individuals who mistreat animals.”

All Christensen Farms employees are trained in proper animal care, and employees are required to sign a document agreeing to the company’s strict animal welfare policies, the company said in a statement, adding that employees who fail to live up to Christensen Farms’ high standards are held accountable.

“While these allegations are very disappointing, we have a history of continually improving our animal welfare processes,” said Stolt.

He said that although the incident will only directly impact a small number of our animals, “it will provide us with the opportunity to improve and strengthen our commitment to quality animal care and employee training.”

Upon conclusion of the internal investigation, Stolt said they will assess whether any additional enhancements need to be made to their animal welfare and animal husbandry policies.

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