Big Industry Hiding the Truth
Let the Public See How Pigs Are Housed
(Winnipeg July 14,2022) – Hog Watch Manitoba supports the goals of Amy Sorrano and Nick Schafer, convicted animal rights activists. They have asked that cameras be installed in intensive confinement hog barns in order to monitor how pigs are being treated in these huge facilities.
Currently, there is no way for the public or concerned citizens to ensure that pigs are being treated humanely or to even understand how the pigs are being raised.
Entry into the barns is tightly controlled for biosecurity and public relation reasons.
“The hog industry has good reason to keep their barn doors tightly closed” says Vicki Burns, Hog Watch Manitoba Steering committee member, “They know that many of the public would be disgusted by how these animals are forced to live, crammed in with hundreds of animals, above pits of their urine and feces, breathing in toxic gases rising from the manure pits.”
Hog Watch Manitoba advocates for the industry to shift to more humane conditions for the animals which includes fewer animals housed together and straw-based barns. The manner in which the animals are housed now amounts to institutionalized cruelty because of the lifelong chronic suffering the animals experience, never getting outside, no straw or pasture to root in, tails docked because of being tightly packed in with other pigs, adult female pigs confined in gestation stalls their entire adult lives.
Hog Watch Manitoba does not support criminal activities but efforts to show the public how pigs are kept is essential to shifting consumers and the industry away from factory raised pork.
“ If the public knew the facts, as consumers they may make different purchasing choices and that’s bad news for the hog industry. Cruelty to support profits is not acceptable. Positive changes can be made in the housing of pigs and still have a viable industry”.
For more information contact:
Vicki Burns , Hog Watch Manitoba Steering Committee
Bill Massey , Hog Watch Manitoba Steering Committee
Alternatives to factory model of hog production:
· Animals housed in barns with straw bedding and having access to outside pastures, no liquid manure slurry system
· Fewer animals per barn
· No antibiotics in animal feed. Only antibiotics administered if the animal is sick and has been prescribed by a veterinarian
· Examples of alternative systems - Xaletto Straw housing System Germany - Xaletto: the economic management system for closed houses with straw bedding - Big Dutchman
Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms Joel Salatin's SECRETS to raising PIGS for LAND REGENERATION & PROFIT - Bing video