Waste lagoons for swine produce 920,000 metric tons of methane per year


Travels by air up to 300 miles, highly toxic to aquatic life, and a respiratory irritant to humans



24.6 million lbs given to livestock annually

The Environment

Waste Lagoons

The mad rush for more pork production means more pig poop. A lot more. Swine waste lagoons can be as large as 7.5 acres. They emit and often overflow with toxic substances.


150+ including: E. Coli, Anthrax, Salmonella, and Ringworm

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Tell Hormel to stop dangerous pork inspection! Faster line speeds are bad all around. #WTFhormel

Faster pork production means more pig poop. We’re talking up to 7.5 acres of waste for one factory farm! #WTFHormel

920,000 metric tons: The amount of methane that pig waste lagoons produce each year. #WTFhormel

More than 150 pathogens are found in hog waste lagoons, including E.coli, Salmonella, and Ringworm #WTFhormel


Processing Plants


These monstrous Hormel plants operate under special rules designed to maximize speed and profits — but at what cost?



20% Faster

line-speeds than normal production plants


$9.3 Billion

in revenue, 2014 (Hormel)


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19,000 hogs/day: The speed at Hormel’s biggest pork plant. Tell Hormel to put public health over profit! #WTFhormel


Animal Welfare

Inhumane Handling

In the hustle to move swine into the processing plants, hogs can go through the butchering process fully conscious, including being scalded alive

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Faster line speeds increase chance that pigs go thru slaughter fully conscious, incl being scalded alive. #WTFhormel

158: The # of humane handling violations at hog slaughter plants cited in 2013 audit sample. #WTFhormel

Worker Safety

Dangerous Speeds

The single largest factor contributing to worker injuries is the speed at which the animals are killed and processed

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19,000 hogs/day: The line speed at Hormel’s biggest pork plant, which threatens worker safety. #WTFhormel

30,000: The # of hard-cutting motions per shift at pork plants, resulting in frequent worker injuries. #WTFhormel

350: The # of worker safety violations at Hormel’s high-speed pilot plants in 2012. #WTFhormel

Inspection & Public Health

What Gets In Your Food


Hormel inspectors have only 3 SECONDS to view each hog carcass for signs of disease and contamination



Stop High-Speed Inspection at Pork Plants

Americans love pork. But they’d probably think twice about biting into that slice of bacon if they knew about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s high-speed slaughter program.

Under the high-speed program, processing lines are sped up by nearly 20%, posing health risks to consumers, animals, and workers. Pigs are moving down the processing lines at 1300 hogs per hour! That’s really fast when you consider each pig weighs about 250 pounds. It’s so fast that USDA inspectors are coming forward with concerns about contamination.

Hormel, one of the top pork producers in the United States, owns three of the five pork plants currently participating in USDA’s high-speed hog inspection pilot program:

  1. Quality Pork – Austin, Minnesota,
  2. Farmer John/Cloughtery Packing Company – Vernon, California, and
  3. Hormel Foods – Fremont, Nebraska

These plants slaughter over 30,000 pigs per day, and distribute pork nationwide to popular retailers including McDonald’s and Famous Dave’s.

We urge you to stand with us and ask “WTF Hormel?” Tell Hormel that this plan is a bad idea.

Sign the petition to Hormel's COO and President, James Snee:

Join the of folks saying WTFHormel?!