Drones show how pigs get a raw deal in factory farms

selecting a pig for slaughtering


Animal abuse in the meat processing industry can be particularly disturbing. Whether this involves severe animal abuse in a kosher poultry slaughterhouse;  or cruelty to larger hoofed animals being prodded and shocked with electric devices while being led to their fate, the issue of animal abuse in the commercial meat industry often becomes something not less than shocking, to say the least.

When it involves pigs, which have a similar anatomical structure to human beings (so similar that pig organs have sometimes been used in temporary organ transplants to humans), the issue of animal abuse can be more than just shocking.

One of the most graphic and shocking examples of severe pig abuse was captivated recently on film at a large pork factory farm in the  American state of North Carolina as graphically shown on the video below.

The video, taken by the aid of a small pilotless drone device, shows first what appears to be a large square pond of muddy water. This “pond” in  reality is a large sewage lagoon containing discharges of pig feces and urine. The excrement is pumped into the lagoon from a large number of  long enclosed sheds where thousands of swine are kept in steel enclosures so small the animal cannot even turn around.

When the lagoon becomes too full of its foul smelling mixture, the contents are disposed of in the surrounding countryside by high pressure hoses  that turn the feces-urine mixture into a fine spray. The spray results in all kinds of health problems to people living nearby. Some of these health problems include causing children and adults to suffer from severe asthma and other forms of respiratory diseases. It is said that there are as many as 2,000 of these “farms” located in the U.S. state of North Carolina alone.

Despite some efforts made to ease a pig’s suffering during the slaughtering process, there is no really humane method.

Even “stunning” a pig by using an electric shock device or using a hammer to hit it on the head prior to being slaughtered causes great pain and suffering to the animal. This YouTube clip shows men “humanely” slaughtering a pig. From the looks on their faces, they seem to be enjoying what they are doing.

Although the Middle East does not have such a serious problem concerning pork production, due mainly to Jewish and Muslim dietary  laws, there are enough examples there of animal abuse, including severe abuse of swine at a pig farm in Israel, a country where eating  pork is forbidden by the observant Jewish and Muslim populations.

Pigs are also severely abused and were even slaughtered by the thousands in Egypt during the Swine Flu epidemic a few years back.  Swine are kept in large numbers in Egypt by “Zabaleen”, members of Egypt’s minority Christian population, who not only consume them as food, but use them to help keep the country’s high amounts of organic garbage under control.

One might expect examples of severe animal abuse to not be occurring in sophisticated Western countries like the USA, but it surely is happening.  Most people who purchase the sanitarily packaged pork products being produced at such factory farms are most likely not even be aware of what occurs in these places. Or perhaps people care less about what happens there.

Read more on animal abuse of swine and other animals as a result of the meat processing industry:

Pig Abuse Rampant in Kosher Israel
See Severe Animal Abuse at Israel’s Largest Kosher Poultry Slaughterhouse – Video
Israel’s Cruel Meat Industry Exposed by Watchdog TV Show
Swine Flu harms people and the environment in Egypt

Photo: selecting a pig for slaughtering; The Guardian

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