Footage exposes more standard pig cruelty
Footage shot by Farmwatch and featured in the Sunday Star Times has exposed the every day cruelty inflicted on factory farms.
The footage shows the terrible lives of pigs intended for New Zealanders’ dinner tables, revealing an underweight piglet with presumed neurological issues struggling to walk and falling over, a pig with a prolapse showing great discomfort, and many pigs living in wet and filthy conditions. The pens are crowded, with pigs sometimes climbing on top of each other. The footage shows a topic rarely discussed in New Zealand – the conditions in which pigs are fattened up for slaughter.
“This year has been a particularly cold winter for us all. It is even worse for these piglets who not only have to live day to day lying on cold concrete floors but also have to contend with neglectful conditions whereby water is pouring from the ceiling and they are lying in their own excrement,” says SAFE Campaigns Officer Shanti Ahluwalia. “Why is this tolerated?”
In a fattening pen, a 70-kilogram pig is given about half a square meter of space per animal. The pigs spend a few months in a fattening pen before being sent to slaughter.
There has been much public controversy over pig farming, but most of it has concentrated on the conditions in which sows are kept to produce piglets. This December marks the end of a five-year phase out of sow stalls. Currently, in farrowing crates, sows are prevented from turning around for weeks at a time before their young are taken away and placed in fattening pens.
SAFE is calling on the government to ban all forms of factory farming of pigs.
In the meantime, they are asking consumers to boycott this cruel industry and help call for a ban on farrowing crates.
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7 September 2015