As our recent investigation inside a pig slaughterhouse uncovers, factory farming is hell on earth for pigs. These intelligent, inquisitive animals have complex social bonds and unique personalities — all buried and ignored beneath the horrors of animal agribusiness.
Pigs are considered one of the smartest animals in the world and they’re incredibly playful. In fact, they’re pretty much just like the dogs many of care for our in homes (though pigs are actually smarter!) — yet they’re confined, tortured, and slaughtered for food.
Here’s a comparison of what life should look like for pigs — versus the reality of conditions on factory farms:
- In nature: Pigs are extremely clean and meticulous about their surroundings. They love to wallow in mud as a means of cooling off, but choose separate locations to urinate and defecate.
- On farms: Pigs are forced to live in their own filth, in overcrowded, stressful conditions. Day in and day out, they breathe in noxious gas from waste matter and suffocating amounts of dust and dander.
- In nature: Pigs are social animals, and often sleep huddled in groups. They show physical affection, can recognize each other, and have a variety of sounds for interacting.
- On farms: Pigs are crammed into stalls with thousands of other pigs, with no opportunity for natural interaction. Mother pigs used for breeding are immobilized in gestation crates, unable to even turn around.
- In nature: Pigs get extensive exercise, spending most of their day engaged in grazing, rooting, walking, and nest-making activities.
- On farms: Pigs are crammed into small enclosures in order to maximize profits. There is no enrichment or exercise, and many engage in unnatural behaviors due to psychological distress.
- In nature: Mother pigs form close bonds with their piglets, and even have a special grunt to tell them when it’s time to eat. And they stay together for months.
- On farms: Mother pigs are frequently confined in gestation crates during their pregnancy and moved in equally restricted farrowing crates when the piglets are born. Within two weeks, the piglets will have their tails cut off, teeth and ears clipped and males will be castrated — all without pain relief. And then they’ll be taken away from their mother.
Pigs deserve better — and we can do better! Be a hero to these smart, sensitive, and social animals by leaving them off your plate.
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