It is legal in Britain to swing piglets against a concrete wall

Piglets are being abused on British farms
Piglets are being abused on British farms. Image: MikeB
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I mean this news story beggars belief for me. It makes me very angry. It is about a failure of animal welfare generally and concerns a story that Tesco has suspended a pig farmer because the piglets were raised in abysmal conditions.

Some secret video footage emerged showing far workers at Cross Farm in Holsworthy Beacon, Devon, killing piglets by ” swinging them against concrete walls. The practice known as ‘thumping’ is legal in Britain for piglets under four weeks old but only if they are suffering and all other forms of treatment have been exhausted.”

Comment: That rule is an open door to animal abuse. The door is wide open for unscrupulous and insensitive farm workers to cruelly abuse piglets. The condition that thumping must be a last resort is bound to be abused. It is a certainty because it is convenient to kill piglets by thumping. I am sure the government know this but do nothing about it.

The Times also reports that “workers cut the tails of piglets, apparently without anaesthetic, which is legal to stop tail biting but only when all other methods have been tried.”

Why do piglets tail bite?

There are a couple of reasons why piglets might do this:

  • Stress or Boredom: This is a big one. Pigs are intelligent animals who need mental stimulation. If they’re feeling cooped up or don’t have enough things to keep them occupied, they might start acting out by tail biting. This reason is due to inadequate farming practices clearly. So cutting off their tails is one wrong following an earlier wrong. Correct?
  • Natural Behavior Gone Wrong: Pigs are naturally curious and explore with their mouths. Sometimes this exploration can lead to a little nibbling on a tail. If blood is drawn, however, this can trigger more serious biting as pigs are attracted to blood. Same issues.
  • Teething: Just like human babies, piglets go through a teething phase. Chewing on tails can be a way to soothe their gums during this uncomfortable time. Why isn’t there something for piglets to chew on other than their tails?

There are things farmers can do to prevent tail biting, such as providing enrichment materials for the pigs to chew on and making sure their environment is stimulating enough.

Animal Equality

The footage was shot by Animal Equality activists in October last year and in January and June of this year. Piglets were also filmed left to rot inches from their mothers.

The footage paints a picture of pig Armageddon. Hell on Earth.

It does not stop there. In other videos famer workers are seen tossing around piglets.

Pigs on Cross Farm struggle and suffer in the most abysmal conditions. Our footage shows the wretched reality that so many mother pigs face on British farms today.

Abigail Penny – Executive Director of Animal Equality

The Times got hold of the video footage and sent it to Tesco which ‘temporarily suspended supply from Cross Farm while it ran an investigation’.

Red Tractor

There are 12,000 pigs at the farm. It is Red Tractor certified. What does that mean?

A Red Tractor certified farm is a British farm that has been independently assessed and meets the rigorous standards set by the Red Tractor Assurance scheme. This means the farm produces food that is:

  • Safe: The Red Tractor standards focus on food safety throughout the production process, from farm to your plate.
  • Responsibly Sourced: Red Tractor ensures the food comes from sustainable practices that care for the environment.
  • Animal Welfare Focused: Red Tractor farms prioritize the well-being of their animals.

Here’s the benefit for everyone involved:

  • Consumers: By buying Red Tractor labelled products, you can have confidence you’re getting safe, high-quality food produced responsibly.
  • Farmers: Red Tractor certification allows farmers to access larger markets and potentially receive fewer inspections due to the program’s reputation

Look for the Red Tractor logo when shopping for British food. It’s a way to support British farmers and ensure you’re getting top-notch produce. True? False?

Source for the above: Red Tractor via Google Gemini.

Comment: Red Tractor certification is not working. It is a bit of fluff. A PR exercise. It appears to be a certification process that is exploited and abused by unscrupulous people both at Red Tractor and at farms.

Red Tractor said it has temporarily suspended this farms certificate. A spot check by them on the farm found improvements that were implemented because of the video footage.

Red Tractor then reinstated the farm’s certificate. Comment: this is not working.

Conclusion: The strong impression is that animal welfare standards are not being upheld satisfactorily at British farms.

Responding on behalf of Cross Farm Lizzie Wilson said that the farm had taken ‘urgent remediate action’ to raise standards adding, “The welfare of our animals is absolutely paramount”. 🤣😀

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Comment: farms are a place where humans can abuse animals. They are places that encourage animal abuse. Failure.

2 thoughts on “It is legal in Britain to swing piglets against a concrete wall”

  1. Smithfield meats, Tyson etc are all horrible for what they allow to happen at the factory farms they contract with. We’ve even caught them employing children as young as 11 working in the slaughter houses! One young unaccompanied minor somehow crossed the border during Trumps administration when he was 10 and at 16 was sucked into a deboning machine and killed. The machine ripped the meat from his bones!


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