Every year around 1.5 billion pigs are slaughtered worldwide.
Every year almost 1 million pigs are locked in birth cages – narrow cages so small, that the animals are unable even to take a few steps or turn around. Hard, concrete floor causes injuries, limping, difficulties with standing up or lying down. Distressed animals chew on their own tongues, bite metal rods, and salivate extensively.
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 pig farms in the UE don’t provide environment which would – even on a basic level- support pigs’ most basic natural needs.