East Anglian Pig Company suspends employees following undercover footage by Animal Equality
A pig farming business at the centre of an investigation into the mistreatment of animals at two of its farms has suspended five employees.
The East Anglian Pig Company (EAP), based near Norwich, said the staff would face disciplinary action following undercover footage by animal welfare group Animal Equality.
Images were filmed of pigs at the Little Thorns weaner unit, near Swaffham, and The Piggery at Didlington, near Mundford, apparently being hit and kicked.
A statement released by EAP last night said: 'The company totally condemns and does not tolerate any animal mistreatment or malpractice.
'We have carried out a full internal investigation during the last three days following the release of the historical edited film footage taken in December 2011.
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'This has resulted in five employees being immediately suspended from working as from yesterday [April 24] and will be subject to disciplinary action.
'The RSPCA has confirmed that there are no grounds for prosecution.'
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The RSPCA has since suspended Little Thorns from its Freedom Foods scheme, which imposes compulsory welfare standards on farms, and said it was working with both farms to address the issues.
The Piggery was not part of Freedom Foods.