Free range pigs

Compared to factory farming, free-range pigs do have richer lives. However, their lives are still cut dramatically short and husbandry practices can be stressful and painful.

On some free range farms, pigs are slaughtered at four to eight months of age; on others, at a mere 14 to 17 weeks. Many free range pigs have rings forced through their noses to prevent them rooting in the soil, thereby denying the pigs an important natural behaviour.

Pigs raised for meat are often ‘free farmed', not free range farmed. Free farmed means that the animals are housed in ‘eco' barns with litter material to root in. They cannot roam the outdoors.

Read more about why free range is not the best option.