pig farming in new zealand
In New Zealand nearly 1 million pigs are denied the ability to express their natural behaviours and to experience the life they would naturally lead; instead they are confined in factory farms.
Possibly those who suffer most in the pig industry are the sows who are used for breeding. For these females, their capacity to reproduce means that they will endure repeated inseminations, live and give birth in farrowing crates until they are no longer strong enough to be profitable and will then be killed. This cruel incarceration causes them to suffer both physically and mentally.
The sows' piglets are taken from her not long after birth. Like their mothers, piglets destined to become meat will not experience a natural life, nor will they live out their natural life span of 10 - 15 years, instead they will be held in barren, dark, and filthy concrete pens to be fattened ready for slaughter, at less than one year old.
Farmwatch's Advocacy for Pigs
Canterbury Pig Farm Investigation
Farmwatch investigated a pig farm in Canterbury and documented the appalling conditions. Read more >>
To see images of New Zealand pig farms taken by Farmwatch click here.
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New Zealand Pig Industry Quick Facts