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Stop Wooster Ohio pig torture
by PETA Monday, Jul. 09, 2007 at 2:17 PM

Wooster is the most industry and medical establishment oriented community in Ohio. Malpractice attorneys hate to go there. Certified Angus Beef reigns seemingly supreme there. Nevertheless help the winds of change blow, and ask the judge not to enable animal torture.

Stop Wooster Ohio pig torture
by PETA Monday, Jul. 09, 2007 at 10:14 AM



http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/hog_killers?rk=71N1VLE1oD8KW
Alleged Hog Killers Get Slap on Wrist: Urge Judge to Reconsider

Three Ohio men accused of beating pigs to death with hammers; slamming piglets against a concrete floor in order to kill them; depriving pigs of food, water, and veterinary care; and killing sows by hanging them
from a front-end loader on a logging chain were recently let off with barely a slap on the wrist. Of the 10 cruelty charges leveled against the farm employees, only one charge resulted in a conviction: The farm's general manager, Joseph Wiles, was reportedly found guilty of
improperly handling piglets by grabbing them and throwing them by their ears and legs.

Joseph Wiles was reportedly sentenced to a $250 fine and one year of "community control" and ordered to participate in training on the
proper handling and transportation of hogs-a trivial sentence that
does not protect the animals who are still on his farm.

Most disturbing is the presiding judge's dismissal of the egregious
cruelty of killing hogs by hanging them. One veterinarian involved in
the case reportedly told Ken Wiles, Joseph Wiles' father and the owner
of the farm, that hanging is not an acceptable method of killing hogs
and provided him with a variety of euthanasia practices recommended by
the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, which Ken Wiles
declined to use. In spite of this, Judge Stuart K. Miller reportedly
said that there appears to be no "easy, safe, economic way to
euthanize a hog" and erroneously stated that "[e]ven the experts have
no easy way to handle euthanasia." This simply isn't true.

Personalized letters always work best. Please complete the form below
to contact the presiding judge and politely urge him to approach
future cases of cruelty to animals and animal suffering with greater
thought and compassion. You may also contact the judge by using the
following contact information.

Please send polite comments to:

The Honorable Stuart K. Miller
Wayne County Municipal Judge
215 N. Grand St.
Wooster, OH 44691-3406
330-287-5663
330-263-4043 (fax)
Talking Points

* Of the 10 cruelty charges leveled against the farm employees, only
one charge resulted in a conviction: Joseph Wiles was reportedly found
guilty of improperly handling piglets by throwing them by their ears
and legs.

* Joseph Wiles was reportedly ordered to participate in training on
the proper handling and transportation of hogs-a trivial sentence that
does not protect the animals who are still on his farm.

* One veterinarian involved in the case reportedly told Ken Wiles,
Joseph Wiles' father and the owner of the farm, that hanging is not an
acceptable method of killing hogs and provided him with a variety of
euthanasia practices recommended by the American Association of Swine
Veterinarians, which Ken Wiles declined to use.

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