Every year 20 million pigs are slaughtered.
Every year almost 1 million pigs are locked in birth cages – small narrow cages so small that the animals are unable to take even a few steps or turn. Hard, concrete floor causes injuries, limping, difficulties with standing up or lying down. Distressed animals chew on their own tongues, bite metal rods, and extensively salivate.
Piglets are taken away from their mothers when they are 3-4 weeks old, tail docking, teeth clipping and castration are often performed without any sedation. They are placed in groups in feed yards, where they will reach weight desired by a farmer.
Most farm pigs in UE don’t provide environment which would – even on basic level- support pigs’ most basic natural needs.