After video footage of workers beating pigs repeatedly over the head with metal bars at Hawkesbury Valley Meat Processors in Australia aired on television, the New South Wales Food Authority has vowed to investigate all slaughterhouses in the state. The workers involved in the incident have been either fired or reassigned, and NSW Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson has pledged to review all practices at Hawkesbury, including any past incidents. Despite assurances from Peter Day, executive director of compliance at NSWFA, that this is an isolated incident, undercover investigations in the US routinely find violations of animal-welfare standards.
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