Let’s Show Compassion to Pigs of Every Creed and Colour

Posted by on January 9, 2013 | Permalink

Consumers were recently advised to buy only pork from British pigs, following the news that up to 40 per cent of pork produced in the EU does not comply with animal welfare regulations. But here’s a better message for anyone who truly cares about animal welfare: don’t buy meat at all!

What the pork industry won’t tell you is that all factory farmed pigs, both in Britain and abroad, endure a life of pain and suffering.

Most pigs in the UK spend their entire lives indoors, in cramped, filthy warehouses. Many go insane from lack of stimulation. Farmers cut off piglets’ tails and the tips of their teeth, generally without any painkillers. Secret filming by animal rights groups has exposed the abuse of pigs that repeatedly occurs on UK farms and inside abattoirs.

The ban on inhumane sow stalls in the EU allows mother pigs a modicum more space, but it’s only a drop in the ocean when it comes to the hardships that the meat industry inflicts on these sensitive and highly intelligent animals, and farrowing crates are still perfectly legal in the UK.

No matter if they’re British, French, German or Dutch, all pigs raised for their meat suffer. If you want information on how to switch to a compassionate animal-free diet, order our free vegetarian/vegan starter kit today.

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