This film was produced in 2008 as part of SAFE's campaign against factory pig farming. In 2010 the New Zealand Government introduced a phase out of sow stalls after SAFE's campaign attracted widespread public support. Sow stalls can currently be used for the first four weeks of the sow's pregnancy and will be completely banned in December 2015. Sows continue to suffer in farrowing crates and fattening pigs can still be kept in barren overcrowded concrete pens.
LATEST NEWS Shocking footage shows the true meaning behind '100% New Zealand' pork
In 2009 SAFE's dedicated ‘Love Pigs' campaign led to a real change in the welfare and regard of pigs. Images of mother pigs suffering in sow stalls featured on national television and shocked the nation. Ordinary Kiwis saw for themselves the suffering caused when pigs are forced to spend their whole lives confined, unable even to turn around.
The subsequent outcry caused a controversy that 18 months later led to a phase out of the stalls.
Despite this progress the pig industry still relies on factory farming systems and fails on a number of animal welfare counts. Farrowing crates are still in widespread use; sow stalls are not scheduled to be gone until 2016; and tens of thousands of pigs are fattened up in small, barren concrete pens.
In addition, a large proportion of pork products in the supermarket or served in restaurants are imported and these all come from intensive factory farming conditions.