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Find out what really happens before the pigs become your breakfast, from sow stalls and farrowing crates to what's wrong with free range.

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Free range pig farming in Australia

Whilst free range operations profess to care about the welfare of their animals there is no legal framework decreeing what free range actually is. In fact the RSPCA has been criticized for placing its 'Paw of Approval' on pig products which have come from farms with deplorable conditions.

Animal Liberation Victoria have conducted extensive investigations into so-called "free range" farms approved by RSPCA:


The main body that offers accreditation for a particular set of 'free-range' guidelines is the Humane Choice organisation.

  • "The Humane Choice Standards have been developed in conjunction with the free range pork industry to provide these standards for the rearing, handling, transport and slaughter of pigs" Humane Choice Standards.

Much like free range farming in general, the term "born free range" is used to capitalise upon the compassion and ethics of everyday consumers - pigs that are "born free range" are still raised in factory farms. Many "free range" pig farms still use farrowing crates and practices like tail cutting.

Regardless of the conditions under which an animal is raised for food, they will end up in a slaughterhouse. Pigs want to live just as much as humans do, and do not give their lives up peacefully - they fight until their last agonising breath. The video evidence below shows that pigs, even those raised with space and fresh air, are killed in the same manner that intensively farmed pigs are.

Free range and "higher welfare" pig farming is the industry's answer to one of their largest problems or threats - that of increasingly aware consumers, who are beginning to factor ethics into their everyday shopping. The end goal of free range farmers remains the same: to turn a profit, at the expense of thinking and feeling animals who they view as mere "stock" or commodities, no different to a toothbrush or a television. Free range farming fails entirely to address this central issue, instead perpetuating the idea that "superior" beings have the right to exploit "inferior" beings, which of course is a manner of thinking shared with other forms of discrimination such as racism or sexism.