From Martin Balluch’s blog *, June 15, 2020
I feel sick in two ways when I have to look through these photos that have been leaked to the “Association against animal factories”.
First, because here again someone shamelessly dupes the public and pretends that everything is fine in pig farming in Austria.
We know that from our Minister of Agriculture, how exemplary Austria is… and blah, blah… the pigs love the concrete slatted floor … that’s how they are!!
Secondly, looking at these photos makes me nauseous when I see the suffering of the pigs so directly.
I will never get used to it. These poor creatures in these terrible filthy holes, hurt, desperate, forgotten.
The company Berger-Schinken with a pig slaughterhouse in Lower Austria is big. It has 4 branches and 3 markets, according to its own website http://www.berger-schinken.at.
And it has been honored by the Republic of Austria for several years. Last year, it is said, a record turnover of € 150 million was made. Well, someone immediately thinks that with so much profit, a lot will fall into the welfare of the pigs, which are delivered to the slaughterhouse by the partner companies!
After all, it is these pigs that make such wealth possible.
If you click on the website, on the tab “Sustainability”, the whole thing looks like this:
“Regional optimal, from the farmer next door”...” why in the distance wander?”. Oh, madness!
Yes, why go so far when you have the animal factory right next door. Or is it one? If you approach the farm, you will soon see around 200 pigs rolling in the straw, in an open area with lots of air and sun!!
Yes, what? Exactly! The pork is produced there. There, away from the eyes of the public, invisible and inconspicuous behind factory gates, where the rest of the approx. 2500 pigs of this farm are housed, which make up the majority of the pork production from there. This is where the Berger-Schinken wealth comes from. At the expense of poor creatures!
The first glance into this pig factory is enough for the rest of your life (see picture above and below):
Horrible tightness, horrible full-slatted floor, horrible injuries, horrible lack of employment.
What should these animals do all day long?
Except hurting each other with despair?
What, please, is that a life?
How can we do this to them?
And what does Berger-Schinken company say? I have this screenshot from their website:
Doing business – taking responsibility (!!!)
There they are again, the pigs “in the straw”!
And the Berger-Schinken company also assumes responsibility right away. They even have an “animal welfare initiative” and an “animal-friendly environment” for the funny pigs, and they guarantee “compliance with basic animal ethics”.
What, please, is that for a kind of animal ethics?
The right of the stronger? The principle of human primacy over all animals?
The “we take what we can get”?
The “animals are things”, means of production that can be pushed to the biological limit to get maximum profit?
How can one sleep comfortably in the company boss’s villa, while the poor pigs, to whom one owes this wealth, need to vegetate on a bit of bare, dirty concrete floor on 0.55 m² (!) Per 85 kg (!) Pig?
How long has this dead pig been there? Does nobody care? Where do all these maggots come from? Nobody notices? Is this all included in the calculation for input to the pig factory and output of meat, so that the most profit is generated?
Do these totally dirty feed troughs belong there? Is it so much cheaper than the pigs just have to endure it? So that profit can increase from € 149 million to € 150 million?
You shouldn’t be embittered as an animal rights activist?
Shouldn’t one want to send mankind to the hell?
You shouldn’t use harsh words to comment on that?
Do you want to remain understanding and tolerant?
Dear reader, with heart and brain, put yourself, very briefly, in one of these pigs and tell me what you feel. Tell me how happy you are to live. Tell me what else you expect from life. Tell me what you actually do for a long day and how you differentiate day and night. Tell me how you can endure that and survive without completely despairing.
And in the end, brutal animal transport and death on the assembly line await you. Without compassion, without mercy.
How long will this go on! How long will consumers be cheating? How long will government policy continue to ignore these conditions and do nothing because Austria would be exemplary anyway?
How long will we do this to the animals?!?
* Dr. Dr. Martin Balluch is the founder of VGT (association against animal factories).
An excellent Austrian animal rights activist, with a lot of success for the animals in his country, especially against the gate hunting.
And I mean…The myth of the farmer next door is a protective mechanism for the conscience of meat-eaters.
Today we know what the reality is in the animal farms, we also know about the suffering of the animals we eat.
We want to deny this reality so that we no longer have to think about how we can solve the problem “mass animal suffering”.
In general, with meat consumption, we have adopted a violent ideology that we want to justify as such with the myth of responsible meat consumption.
And that can be found today in organic meat, in regional meat, in animal welfare from farmers next door, in “humane” slaughter …
And so the meat-eaters continue to cooperate with one of the most criminal systems in human history, with the meat production system.
My best regards to all, Venus