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Animal Advocates of Arizona (AAAZ) Message Board › Breaking News on Iowa Pig Farm Investigation!

Breaking News on Iowa Pig Farm Investigation!

Group Organizer
Phoenix, AZ
Post #: 215
January 22, 2009
We have just learned that Shawn Matthew Lyons, one of the men caught abusing pigs during our investigation of an Iowa pig farm, pleaded guilty to one count of livestock neglect.

This charge was filed after authorities reviewed this investigators' video, which showed Lyons beating a pig on the back at least 10 times with a metal gate rod.

According to court records posted today, Lyons has been ordered to pay a fine of $625—the maximum permitted by law—and an additional $250 in court costs and surcharges. Lyons has been placed on probation for six months, during which time he is prohibited from working with any animals. All convicted animal abusers should be barred from contact with animals, and we commend prosecutor Nic Martino for securing this vital sentencing condition.

To our knowledge, Lyons is the first individual ever convicted of abusing or neglecting a factory-farmed pig in Iowa, the nation's top pork-producing state. His conviction sends yet another wake-up call to the pork industry: Cruelty to pigs will not be tolerated by the public or the criminal justice system. And you never know where our undercover investigators will turn up next …

Posted by Christine Doré
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

For this PETA File post, click here.

Youngtown, AZ
Post #: 20
That is great news, a step in the right direction. Thank you for the posting.
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