Exclusive Interview with Pig Farmer Wade Franklin - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/8/03

Exclusive Interview with Pig Farmer Wade Franklin

Despite being in the news for the past 10 days, pig farmer Wade Franklin hasn't been watching, trying his best to put a very ugly situation behind him. He talked with NewsChannel 11 on Wednesday, and he talks about regret and his future as a pig farmer.

"There's lots of rumors and innuendos in the whole situation," says Franklin.

Pig farmer Wade Franklin, trying to clear the air after 10 days of dead pig stories.

"Obviously, no one would like to see this happen or anything like that. Even myself never intended or expected this thing to be as intense a situation as it was," he says.

On December 29th, authorities discovered approximately 130 dead pigs. A few days later, another 40 were found dead in the pens behind the Franklin residence. The bulk of the deaths have been attributed to starvation and dehydration. Wade contends it was disease. The truth may lie somewhere in the middle.

"There's lots of things that I'd like to have done differently -- from the simple standpoint of asking someone for help. Those are things I've been thinking about for the last week or so."

Their bodies still stacked in the sun, the pigs are scheduled to be burned and buried on Thursday. As for the hogs that are still alive?

"Oh, it won't be very much longer. It might be a week to 10 days, and those pigs will be sold to market."

And as for his future as a pig farmer?

"Oh, I don't, I don't know."

Wade says that he's fed the remaining hogs over 4,500 pounds of food since December 30th and he is confident that he will not go to jail when all is said and done.

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