ISP: No evidence of animal cruelty at Jackson County pig farm

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VERSAILLES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana State Police cleared a Jackson County pig farm of any wrongdoing following a complaint of animal cruelty.

According to ISP investigators, evidence provided by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) against East Fork Farms in Brownstown was staged.

The investigation began in October when PETA contacted ISP detectives stating the organization had received a video from an anonymous source depicting alleged abuse at the farm.

Detectives and a veterinarian familiar with pig farm operations conducted an inspection of the farm and found no evidence of animal abuse or neglect. A second veterinarian with the Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) who visited the farm on a separate date came to the same conclusion.

ISP noted that the veterinarians did provide East Fork Farms with some recommendations on how to improve the facility and better care for the pigs.    

The investigation also concluded that an unknown person or persons illegally entered the farm on multiple occasions in September and October where they captured video inside the facility at night when no workers were present. 

Detectives determined that cameras were then hidden inside the facility to capture daytime operations.

The investigation established that some of the clips were staged for the purpose of capturing the video and other video clips may have been filmed at a different facility.

Detectives have not been able to identify the person who filmed the videos and the identity of the person has not been made available to detectives by PETA.

After a review of the investigation, Jackson County Prosecutor Jeff Chalfant made the determination that no charges would be filed in this case at this time.

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