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Pigs: Factory farms

pigs factory farms

Causes: Rising demand for pork and pork products

Foodprint on pigs: Extreme confinement, Toxic living conditions, Denial of natural behavior, Chronic diseases, Psychological disorders, Mutilations, Abuses during transport & slaughter

Pigs are playful social animals. Yet today they have been turned them into mere production units, with little regard to their welfare and basic needs.

Young piglets are taken from their mothers at a young age, and placed into large overcrowded concrete sheds. Unnatural flooring, a lack of movement and the build up of toxic ammonia fumes due to accumulation of urine and feces leads to injuries, skeletal and respiratory disorders, pneumonia and other contagious diseases like swine flu. 

Baby piglets are subjected to body mutilations like tail docking and castration, done to prevent injuries and improve the quality of meat. 

Gestation and farrowing crates take intensive confinement and lack of movement to another level, not even allowing a pig enough room to turn around for months on end. They are considered so barbaric that they have been banned in a number of countries. 

Did you know?

Like dogs, pigs are friendly, loyal and intelligent animals. Living socially in packs upto 30, they enjoy roaming, grooming and sleeping in groups. Pigs are capable of learning tricks, enjoy listening to music & getting massaged and have even been taught to play video games.

  • Pigs are isolated in cold concrete sheds and denied access to sun-light, fresh air or exercise. Pigs are highly playful animals, similar in nature to dogs, and get extremely frustrated when raised in such conditions.  Picture source: web commons
    Pigs are isolated in cold concrete sheds and denied access to sun-light, fresh air or exercise. Pigs are highly playful animals, similar in nature to dogs, and get extremely frustrated when raised in such conditions. Picture source: web commons
  • Amongst the most cruel of all factory farming practices. Mother pigs in gestation crates, do not have the space to lie down comfortably or even turn around. They spend their entire life surrounded by cold metal bars and are forced to lie in wet faeces-covered floors. Picture source: Farm sanctuary
    Amongst the most cruel of all factory farming practices. Mother pigs in gestation crates, do not have the space to lie down comfortably or even turn around. They spend their entire life surrounded by cold metal bars and are forced to lie in wet faeces-covered floors. Picture source: Farm sanctuary
  • Farrowing crates are similar to gestation crates, with only a tiny additional concrete area on which the piglets can nurse. Farrowing crates  are so restrictive that a mother cannot even turn around to see her piglets while they nurse. Picture source: Farm sanctuary
    Farrowing crates are similar to gestation crates, with only a tiny additional concrete area on which the piglets can nurse. Farrowing crates are so restrictive that a mother cannot even turn around to see her piglets while they nurse. Picture source: Farm sanctuary
  • To prevent stressed piglets from biting at each others tails, a piglets tail is cut off while the ends of their teeth are snipped off with pliers. Male pigs are castrated at a young age, to improve the taste of the meat. These mutilations are carried out on baby piglets without painkillers or veterinary care. Picture source: web commons
    To prevent stressed piglets from biting at each others tails, a piglets tail is cut off while the ends of their teeth are snipped off with pliers. Male pigs are castrated at a young age, to improve the taste of the meat. These mutilations are carried out on baby piglets without painkillers or veterinary care. Picture source: web commons
  • Overcrowding, unnatural flooring, a lack of movement and the unhygenic living conditions due to the build up of urine and feces lead to injuries, skeletal deformities, respiratory disorders and other contagious diseases like swine flu in pigs.  Picture source: web commons
    Overcrowding, unnatural flooring, a lack of movement and the unhygenic living conditions due to the build up of urine and feces lead to injuries, skeletal deformities, respiratory disorders and other contagious diseases like swine flu in pigs. Picture source: web commons
  • In manual slaughter operations, the pig first has its legs tied up, post which it is laid down and a knife is plunged into its heart. This is done in full view of other waiting pigs. A pig will often take many minutes to die, during which it remains in extreme agony. Picture source: Voice of stray dogs
    In manual slaughter operations, the pig first has its legs tied up, post which it is laid down and a knife is plunged into its heart. This is done in full view of other waiting pigs. A pig will often take many minutes to die, during which it remains in extreme agony. Picture source: Voice of stray dogs
  • Pigs are hung upside down on conveyor belts and taken first to be stunned by electric shocks, then have their throats slit and finally onto the scalding tank. Stunning is often imprecise, leading to fully conscious pigs having their necks slit or being boiled alive.  Picture source: web commons
    Pigs are hung upside down on conveyor belts and taken first to be stunned by electric shocks, then have their throats slit and finally onto the scalding tank. Stunning is often imprecise, leading to fully conscious pigs having their necks slit or being boiled alive. Picture source: web commons