Meet the pig behind the Salmonella outbreak that resulted in a recall of half a million eggs.
Jack The- Greedy- Pig- DeCoster: Also known as the “Teflon Chicken Don”:
The Iowa attorney general called him a “habitual violator” of state laws.
Labor Secretary Robert Reich called his farms “atrocious.”
A federal investigator said it was “inconceivable” he didn’t know his farms’ conditions.
This is not the first time at the rodeo for DeCoster, no sir. He’s gotten away with being the horrid man he is for a lonnnnnnnnnnnng long time
Conditions on DeCoster owned egg farms have been in the news for years.
Maine Contract Farming, formerly the DeCoster Egg Farm, has a three decade-long complaint history from workers, neighbors, environmental officials, labor officials and humane workers.
In 1977 neighbors whose homes were infested with insects filed a $5 million lawsuit, claiming nose plugs and flyswatters should be the “new neighbor” kit.
In 1980, the DeCoster operation was charged with employing five 11-year-olds and a 9-year-old by the Labor department.
In 1988, 100,000 chickens burned to death in a fire and were left to decompose.
In 1992, DeCoster was charged by the state, with indenturing migrant workers, denying them contact with teachers, social workers, doctors, lawyers and labor organizers.
In 1996, federal investigators found DeCoster workers living in rat and cockroach infested housing and the egg operation was fined $3.6 million.
(“The conditions in this migrant farm site are as dangerous and oppressive as any sweatshop we have seen,” said Labor Secretary Robert Reich; “I thought I was going to faint and I was only there a few minutes,” said Cesar Britos, an attorney representing DeCoster workers, after entering a barn.”)
In 2001 dead hens intermingled with live ones during truck transport sparked a complaint to the Department of Agriculture.
Workers’ drinking water has been found contaminated with feces by OSHA and after a conciliatory “free” chicken banquet offered to workers, they were docked for their time eating it, reported the Portland Press Herald.
But Jack DeCoster, using Boston spinmeister George Regan for public relations, ha always avoided criminal convictions and farm closures and even expanded his empire from egg farms in Maine to pig farms in Iowa in the 1990s.
Last year, state officials raided DeCoster’s Maine Contract Farming in Turner after being given undercover video from Chicago-based Mercy For Animals (MFA) showing hens suffocating in garbage cans, hens kicked into manure pits to drown and hens hanging by their feet half dead over egg conveyer belts.
For eight hours agriculture and state officials, including police troopers with a search warrant, documented conditions termed “deplorable, horrifying and upsetting” by state veterinarian Don Hoenig and removed dead and living hens for evidence.
You can read more about this slimy, despicable walking bag of shit here.
Jack you greedy, inhuman freak, may you die a slow, miserable and painful death from the inside out. And for the sake of the health and welfare of anyone who worked for you,was abusedor exploited by you, any small creature you abused mercilessly, and for the sake of anyone who was or is unfortunate enough to ingest anything that passes through your rat-infested Greed Plant, please God, make it soon. I think it would be great if they would give you to your tortured chickens as feed.
In the meantime, it would be helpful if Jack made a trip to the dirtiest, most unsanitary prison we can find. He can bring some of his rats with him. And then it would be great if all he was given to eat were Salmonella-laden eggs–with no way to cook them.
Oh and one more thing: At what point do our government and its agencies say Enough Is Enough when it comes to serial violators like this Pig F*cker? Well let us say if for you: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
The FDA was hobbled and reduced exponentially by George W. Bush. Now it’ remains hobbled by Barack Obama. Some “Change”!
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Stop bailing out corporations who enjoy socialism and its welfare when things are bad and capitalism and its profits when things are good. Stop bailing out suspiciously underfunded union pensions. Stop bailing out your sponsors! Start doing something that benefits the health of Americans for a change, because your health care reform sure isn’t doing a thing for them.
Now, here’s some comfort for you. Rep Rosa DeLauro, member of our Reactive Congress, and of The Church Of Monsanto , is speaking out about probing DeCoster, while awaiting her legislation to reach the floor. Which legislation, you ask? You are asking that, aren’t you? Why, that would be HR 875, legislation that will harass and put small and organic farmers out of business, of course. They are not the problem. Big Agra is the problem. You know, the guys who write those big fat checks.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who chairs the House subcommittee that controls the budgets of the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration, wants to know why regulators didn’t take action earlier against the DeCoster farms in Iowa given the family’s record of violating environmental laws and worker safety rules.
She says there was a “pattern of regulatory non-compliance” that should have served as a warning to regulators and warranted additional scrutiny of the company’s ability to comply with food safety standards.”
Yes M’am, and there’s a pattern with Monsanto too. It’s called “I want to patent corn as my very own,” and sometimes it’s called, “I want to get rid of all farmers I don’t own“. Additionally it’s called, “Genetically engineered food is better and “Better living through chemicals“. But I don’t imagine you will be mentioning that in the near future.
Still, it’s good to know that Congress is taking time off from sticking it up our butts to probe someone else’s cavity for a change. I’m sure that after all the contributions roll in, the law they pass will be as helpful to us as Credit Card Reform, Health Care Reform and Wall Street Reform. In other words, plan for no change that will benefit you. That’s why so many people can see November from their houses.