The Straits Times
Published on Dec 11, 2012

Canada pig video prompts condemnation of pork farms


OTTAWA (AFP) - An undercover video showing dozens of pregnant pigs in cramped and stifling conditions at a Canadian pig farm led an animal welfare group on Monday to condemn the pork industry.

The video shot for Mercy For Animals showed pigs suffering from open wounds and pressure sores from rubbing against the metal bars of their cages at a farm run by one of the country's largest pork producers.

One pig was shown tangled up in the bars, its neck broken possibly in an escape attempt, in what the welfare group summed up as "blatant animal abuse." The video showed pigs too sick to stand being kicked, slapped and pulled by their ears and highlighted a botched cull where a bolt gun was fired into a pig's skull but the animal did not die and was left conscious and blinking.

The video was shot recently at a farm in Arborg, Manitoba, operated by Puratone, which is a supplier for some of Canada's largest grocery chains, including Sobeys, Loblaws, Metro, and Walmart.