Animal Liberation Aotearoa (ALA) have for the past year or so been running a series of farm tours, taking members of the public onto factory farms to see for themselves how they work. They do these openly and in broad daylight, accepting the possible risk of minor criminal charges that may result (though thus far none have).
Last weekend ALA organised a farm tour to a pig factory farm in Palmerston North. Their report tells a fascinating story of their weekend being followed around by whom we can only assume to be corporate spies from Thompson & Clark (we do know that the pork board has previously employed their services). It doesn’t seem to matter how much I personally experience and hear about surveillance from both corporate and state spies, it all still seems so surreal and far more suited to a movie or novel than real life.
Despite being prevented from entering their first choice of intensive pig farms, which was that owned by current pork board director Steve Kidby, ALA did have a plan B. Click through to the full post to see a selection of photographs taken which further put paid to the spin out there from the pork board and the government, that somehow the recent farm exposed was not representative of standard factory farming conditions.
Lastly, protests are planned against Massey University’s ‘Advancing Pork Production’ seminar in Palmerston North. Meet outside the Kingsgate Hotel on Fitzherbert Ave at 9am, Monday the 8th of June.
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“Fattening pens are used to hold piglets until they are five months old, at this time they are sent to slaughter.”
“Sows that are ready to give birth are moved into farrowing crates to give birth and attempt to care for their young. The area that the sow is confined to measures two metres in length and is 80 centimetres in width. These crates completely restrict the sows movement so they can only sit and lie down. They cannot turn around, build a nest for their young or nurture their new babies. To the side of farrowing crates is a small area with a heat source known as a ‘creep area’. This is where the piglets live when they are not feeding from their mum. Over 70 percent of all sows are confined to these crates for birth of their young and will stay there for up to 6 weeks before being impregnated again and returned to a sow stall.”
“Sow stalls measure two metres by 60 centimetres and they completely restrict a sows movement. As with the sows in the farrowing crates these sows can only stand, sit or lie down; they could not turn around or move about.”
“While we were at the farm everyone had loads of questions and seeing the farms for themselves gave everyone a much better understanding of ‘Pork Production’ and what the pigs go through.”
The full selection of photographs from the farm tour can be found here.