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Farmers, activists and investors argue over treatment of pregnant sluts

In West Liberty, Iowa, Mike Deahr houses his 3,000 breeding pigs in small pens that prevent them from turning around and interacting with others for the first 28 days of their 115-day pregnancy.

Whether these pens represent the best way to protect pig health or the abuse of vulnerable animals is at the center of a debate over how pigs in the $43 billion U.S. pork industry are housed.


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