Spain: A Photographer Exposes the Unbearable Cruelty of Pig Farming

A pig suffering from a neck abscess, at a farm in Castilla-La Mancha. Abscesses—caused by bacteria entering the body through skin lesions—and hernias are among the most striking physical abnormalities that can affect the health of pigs in intensive farms. © Aitor Garmendia

A Photographer Exposes the Unbearable Cruelty of Pig Farming

By Ellyn Kail on May 26, 2021

In 2018, the animal photojournalist Aitor Garmendia and his colleague, the undercover investigator Linas Korta, happened upon a Spanish pig farm while working on a story about slaughterhouses. When they approached, they found the entrance of the farm marked by a container of corpses, and together, they opened the lid. 

Inside, surrounded by dead bodies and excrement, they discovered a single living piglet, weeks old and trembling. They wrapped his shivering body in their clothes and rushed him to the vet. He died hours later. 

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A Photographer Exposes the Unbearable Cruelty of Pig Farming – Feature Shoot

Dead pigs lie in a container on a farm in Castilla-La Mancha. According to RENGRATI, a Spanish government research project, sow mortality on farms ranges from 5.4 percent to 10 percent, and that of non-weaned piglets from 10.6 percent to 16.5 percent. © Aitor Garmendia

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