Fast Fact: Pigs are said to be smarter than dogs. Yet in Australia we slaughter over 5 million of them every year for their meat.
Pigs are affectionate and intelligent animals yet those raised in factory farms are denied any opportunity to express normal natural behaviours. They love to run, play ball, bask in the sun, wallow in mud, they have excellent memories and complex social networks.
Pigs are said to be smarter than the family dog. Researchers have even found that pigs are as intelligent as 3 year old humans.
Despite what many people think they are very clean animals and given the space they will make their toilet area far from their eating and sleeping areas.
- The majority of pigs are raised in factory farms. These are crowded, dark, dirty and windowless sheds where they only time they will see the light is when they are crammed into trucks on their way to the slaughterhouse.
- Life in hell for pigs starts as soon as they are born. Their first introduction to life is hard concrete or steel floors. Their mothers will be trapped in a ‘sow stall’, unable to move or turn around or provide any of the normal nurturing behaviour that comes naturally to her. The industry defends the use of sow stalls by saying they are to protect the newborn piglets from being crushed by the weight of their own mothers, whereas in nature the mother pig would simply move away from her young to lay down. In factory farms many piglets are crushed to death because the mother is restricted by the bars of the stall.
- Female pigs will spend their short life in a relentless cycle of impregnation and birth. Typically they will give birth 4 times over a two year period before their bodies can no longer survive and they are then sent to slaughter.
- For her babies the fate isn’t much better. They will routinely have their tails cut off, their teeth trimmed, notches cut from their ears for identification purposes and for the males they will be castrated – all without pain relief. This is done due to the cramped living conditions. Factory farmed pigs will often display aggression towards each other due to boredom. In nature aggressive pigs could move away from each other. On farms they cannot.
- In Australia the most common way to kill pigs is by using C02 gas to render them unconscious and then slit their throats.
- Footage recently obtained by “Aussie Farms” shows the undeniable terror when exposed to the gas. They thrash and scream in panic while they are lowered in metal cages to the C02 chamber, fighting with every last breath to survive.
- Pigs can live for 10-15 years but with today’s methods of production they are killed at 4-6 months old and turned into pork, ham or bacon.
For more information and to view footage of standard practices in Australian pig farms please go to www.aussiepigs.com
WHAT CAN I DO?
The quickest way to stop the exploitation and abuse of pigs is to stop supporting these industries. Share your concerns with friends, family and others about what the issues are. In addition you can also let the operators of these industries know how you feel. If these activities take place in your local area then contact your council and let them know. You can also contact your local MP’s to voice your concern.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Many people don’t realise that you can source all your nutrients from non-animal sources. Going vegan is the easiest and most powerful way to help stop the abuse and exploitation of animals for food or their products. As a consumer, the power is in your hands to choose not to support the industries that inflict cruelty on animals.
The most powerful tool we have to help animals is our voice. Once we learn about the cruel ways humans use animals for greed, profit or pleasure we need to help educate and inform others. To learn more about how to go vegan, go to veganeasy.org.
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