The past, present and future of our campaign against the Australian pig farming industry.
This week more undercover footage was obtained from two abusers in NSW: Allain's piggery in Blakney Creek NSW, just an hour north of Wally's, and Tennessee Piggery near Young. Unlike Wally's, these are considered 'good' abusers by the industry.
Yet the footage reveals row upon row of female breeding pigs crammed into individual pens where they have less room than hens in battery cages. At Allain's, rats scurry around the spider web infested shed, while feral cats share stalls with piglets at Tennessee. Many of these large mother pigs are forced to lie immobile with their heads wedged under feeders and waterers, with scabby limbs jammed up against the bars of their cage. One pig takes a deep breath of the putrid air and her lungs touch both sides of the stall. For others, their only comfort is touching the sides of the pig in the next cage through the bars. These magnificent creatures, more intelligent than dogs and even some primates, are forced to lie for months on end in these 'standard' conditions. These ghastly cages, known as sow stalls, are what the pig industry considers essential to 'deliver a superior reproductive performance'.
Mark Pearson, Executive Director Animal Liberation NSW said:
"These are typical intensive abusers keeping female pigs in undersized stalls and crates for long periods of time. To the pig industry, this is normal pig 'accommodation'. To anyone else, it's just plain cruelty."
Jess Ferry, Co-President of Animal Liberation ACT said:
"These are supposed to be 'good' abusers. No matter what way you look at it, pig farming is cruel - don't buy into it."
A rally will be held in Garema Place, Canberra this Saturday 11 August 2012 at 10am to show the community's anger at the barbaric conditions these sentient animals are forced to endure in Australian abusers such as Wally's, Allain's and Tennessee.
Animal Liberation ACT spokesperson Jess Ferry and ACT MLA for the ACT Greens, Caroline Le Couteur, will be speaking at the rally.