Uproar and Animal Liberation Victoria have teamed up to save pigs from slaughter this Christmas. Our undercover investigation at a piggery in Northern Victoria aims to draw attention to the miserable lives experienced by over five million pigs raised for slaughter in Australia each year. We also rescued two piglets, Coco and Chloe, who were in urgent need of veterinary attention, and who are now fighting for their lives.
Our rescue teams gained access to a shed where pregnant pigs are enclosed in small farrowing crates. This is where they give birth and nurse their newborn babies through metal bars. These crates are so small the pigs don’t have enough room to turn around. Such ‘nurseries’ are where almost all of the pigs killed in Australia for their meat are born.
The newborn babies have their teeth clipped, their tails cut off, and are castrated with no pain relief. These mutilations all happen in front of their mother who can only watch helplessly from behind her bars. She will spend her entire life on metal floors in these small farrowing crates and equally small sow stalls, repeatedly impregnated so that her children can be taken and slaughtered for food. This ends when she is no longer economically viable and is sent to the same slaughterhouse where so many of her children were killed before her.
In one farrowing crate we found a malnourished piglet who was barely able to walk or open her eyes, she was shivering and being walked over by her larger brothers and sisters. It was obvious that without urgent veterinary attention she would not have long to live.
The sows we observed during our investigation were clearly miserable. Many of them had large scabby wounds on their bodies and several had open wounds on their teats. Because of the metal bars they are unable to properly nurture or interact with their young. Their deeply rooted instincts to build nests, wallow in mud, dig for roots, give birth in privacy, watch over, protect and bond with their babies are completely ignored.
In another farrowing crate we observed a piglet whose leg was so inflamed she was unable to walk, she could only move by dragging herself along the floor with her front legs. There were no signs that she had received any veterinary care for this crippling inflammation.
We also took in several boxes of tasty fruit and vegetables for the pigs, which they happily gobbled down.
Our teams then entered one of the ‘grower’ sheds to document the conditions inside. When the piglets are taken from their mothers this is where they go to be fattened up for slaughter.
This video taken by our rescuers shows the misery endured daily inside Australian pig farms.
You can help!
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