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Pork Industry And MPI Caught Out Again

Pork Industry And MPI Caught Out Again

Pig farming is once again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, says animal charity SAFE. New footage, shot on a New Zealand pig farm investigated previously, shows horrific living conditions and shocking cruelty.

Tonight's Sunday programme showed the pork industry and MPI struggling to explain themselves, or take responsibility, failing both the animals and consumers.

The farm was first investigated in March 2013 by activist group Farmwatch. They provided SAFE with footage of young pigs in severely overcrowded conditions, sows in farrowing crates barely able to move and a dead pig left to rot in a pen. SAFE immediately made a complaint to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) who found significant non-compliance with the pig welfare code but gave the farm the all-clear after improvements were made.

In April this year Farmwatch investigators revisited the farm and unbelievably, they found that conditions were even worse.
This time, they discovered more squalid conditions, a sow in a farrowing crate so tight that her newborn piglets were squashed to death, with others dying next to their helpless mother. They also found faeces-covered pigs in overcrowded pens, dozens of rats running over the pigs and another dead pig.

“We are horrified that, despite our earlier complaint, this farm was allowed to keep the animals in these appalling conditions,” says head of campaigns Mandy Carter. “MPI clearly cannot be trusted to enforce animal welfare legislation. They have an obvious conflict of interest. They are there to protect the farmers and animal welfare is not taken seriously enough.”

In 2009, a campaign led by SAFE featuring comedian and ex-pork industry spokesperson Mike King uncovered the cruelty inherent on pig factory farms. The outcry that followed led to a ban on sow stalls. Now the new exposé shows that pigs continue to suffer and that the animals’ welfare is ignored by NZPork and MPI alike.

“We want this hellhole of a farm closed down immediately, and farrowing crates banned. SAFE also calls on the public to show their disgust by shunning all pork. It is the only way to force this cruel industry to change,” says Ms Carter.


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