Philip (CEO CIWF) and Mark (WAV) have known each other, and campaigned for better farm animal welfare, for about 30 years.
As we are now covering a lot on this site about intensive pig farming and swine flu / fever; maybe it is a good time to show you one of Phil’s investigative reports when he was at one of the worlds biggest pig farms in Mexico.
I hope that it will broaden your experiences and knowledge about the industry; and show that local human residents are also being greatly affected health wise by these facilities.
Here is the info from Phil’s blog:
I visited a community that was at the forefront of the swine flu pandemic. It is almost impossible to describe the absolute stench that is emitted from one of the world’s biggest pig farms in South East Mexico.
On our journey, I saw at least 15 large-scale farms littered throughout the area. Despite the stench, smell pollution is the least of the problems presented here. We travelled to a town called La Gloria to investigate why some locals fell ill. They were displaying symptoms of what they believed to be swine flu. I spoke to locals who claimed their drinking water had been contaminated.
To see more on how intensive pig farming effected the locals, watch my latest film.
I also worked with the team at CIWF (England) when I was doing a lot re Serbian animal welfare. Although not pigs, the conditions on some Serbian farms we became involved with were alarming to say the least. Animals kept in muck and filth way above their hooves; conditions which are certainly not compliant with EU standards for keeping animals.
Here are a few links and some photographs relating to some of the posts I did on farm animal conditions in Serbia. I think the photographs say it all really.
When we confronted the Serbian government Ministry about all this; they said that everything at the farm was ‘ok’ and that we should not keep hassling them ! – we don’t think it looks ok; do you ?
Swine Flu – Dirty Farms – Human Health Conditions – Ignorant EU – Is there a link ? – I think so.
Serbia is an EU ‘Candidate Country’; and things such as what we have exposed should be taken into full review by the EU before Serbia is allowed to join as a member state.
Personally, I don’t really think the EU is interested in what we expose; just as they are not really interested in the evidence taken by Lesley (Eyes on Animals – Netherlands – https://www.eyesonanimals.com/ ) at the Turkish border re live animals being shipped from the EU.
Watch one of Lesley’s videos here:
We live in hope that the EU will wake up; but accept that they like to remain the sleeping club that they are.
All of our welfare groups across Europe are working together as a combined force to try and make farm animal welfare better for the animals – we will never give up until there are changes; no matter how long it takes.
Above – Mark Touring In the Netherlands with CIWF about farm animal welfare.
Below – Live Export Demo – Brussels, Belgium
At home – England – In memory of my darling ‘Golda’
– she listened to my gripes every day !.
‘Serbian Animals Voice’ (SAV) was a site set up and dedicated to getting results for strays in Serbia. The site is still active; with all our campaign work broken down into monthly sectors. There is a massive selection of photographs from our archives. We have now moved on to form this site, WAV; to cover global animal rights issues. All posts from this site are now being posted onto SAV also.
Visit the SAV site at https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/
The Bad …..
Serbia has some great activists !