The Truth About Pigs Used For Food
Many people who know pigs compare them to dogs because they are friendly, loyal and intelligent. Pigs are naturally very clean and avoid soiling their living areas. When they are not confined on factory farms, pigs spend hours playing, lying in the sun and exploring their surroundings with their powerful sense of smell. Many scientists consider these brainy animals to be smarter than 3-year-old children.
People today rarely have the opportunity to interact with these outgoing, sensitive animals because most of the 6 million pigs slaughtered each year in Australia are raised on factory farms. These pigs spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses under the constant stress of intense confinement and are denied everything that is natural and important to them.
Mother pigs (sows) spend most of their miserable lives confined to tiny gestation crates that are too small for them even to turn around in. They are impregnated again and again until their bodies give out and are then sent to slaughter.
Piglets are torn away from their distraught mothers after just a few weeks. Their tails are chopped off, the ends of their teeth are snipped off with pliers and the males are castrated. No pain relief is offered to ease their suffering. The pigs then spend their entire lives in extremely crowded pens on tiny slabs of soiled concrete.
When the time comes for slaughter, pigs are forced onto trucks and transported many kilometres through all weather extremes. Some die of heat exhaustion whilst others are injured during the journey. At the abattoir, many pigs are still conscious when they are dumped into scalding-hot water, which is used to soften their skin and make their hair fall out.
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