After the recent investigations at Hogwood, Viva! Have now launched another investigation into aspects of British pig farming.
See more about the Hogwood investigation here:
The new Investigation:
Red Tractor ‘appalled’ by barbaric conditions exposed in Viva!’s latest undercover investigation into British pig farming. The disturbing footage highlights a clear lack of care for severely sick and dying animals, housed in squalid conditions that pose a serious public health risk.
‘Appalled’ by Barbaric Conditions Found on Leicestershire Pig Unit
Red Tractor suspends Flat House pig farm in Leicestershire, claiming to be ‘appalled’ by barbaric conditions uncovered in our latest investigation into British pig farming.
Captured over the course of four months, the disturbing footage highlights a clear lack of care for severely sick and dying animals, housed in squalid conditions that pose a serious public health risk.
Sick and Dying Animals Left to Suffer
Our team found animals with a range of serious ailments causing them acute pain – including bleeding hernias, prolapses, deformed trotters, rectal strictures and pot bellies.
Other animals were covered in lacerations and grotesque bites, injuries inflicted on them by other pigs who are driven to insanity by the barren environment.
Feral cats Pick off the Weak
Dismembered body parts were found on every visit, as well as numerous dead piglets alongside confined sows. Hidden camera footage from the crates captured cats picking off sick piglets, eating them alive and dragging their limp bodies into the walkways to feast.
During each pregnancy, sows at Flat House Farm are confined to a barbaric farrowing crate for five weeks at a time. Four of which are after she gives birth, restricting her natural maternal instincts to physically bond with her young. These cages are widely used on British factory farms and are entirely legal.
|Brutal Mutilations and Ruthless Killing|
|Workers were filmed carrying out routine mutilations – docking tails and clipping teeth of newborn piglets – all without pain relief. These cruel acts are supposed to prevent tail biting, a behaviour that manifests from a lack of stimulation. Most distressingly one farm worker was filmed ‘knocking’ a piglet – killing them by slamming their tiny head onto the bars of their mother’s metal prison – and feral cats were found picking off the weak and eating the dead.|
|How You Can Help|
|As part of our overarching End Factory Farming campaign, we’re urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take action.|
During the next phase, our plans include: An innovative YouTube ad campaign, featuring a range of footage from our undercover investigations Greater social media promotion with targeted messaging on how and why to go vegan The launch of our brand new seven-day vegan initiative, V7 And a range of billboards throughout the country, as and when lockdown allows for maximum impact
Yours for the animals,
Founder & Director
|p.s. Join us in urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to End Factory Farming, Before it Ends Us!|