A friend of mine who lives in the United Kingdom once scoffed at my then-vegetarianism. His father was a butcher, and he maintained that the animals he ate were well cared-for and humanely killed. I’m still not sure I believe in a “humane kill,” but I can maintain that here in America, our factory farms are quite different, as this new footage shows. (Warning: the content of this video is very graphic.)
The pigs being harvested for sale at Wal-Mart are being treated anything but humanely. Not only are they crammed into tiny gestation crates where they can’t turn around (can you imagine a life like that?), they are also having their tails and testicles cut off without anesthesia. “Runts” and other pigs that don’t grow correctly are smashed to death and put into a pile. I am writing this as plainly as I can; I do not mean to shock, but to simply help people be aware of what they are paying for when they spend their money on pigs treated this way.
We should all demand that Wal-Mart, a company that seems to be at least trying to improve their image lately, not purchase pigs from this farm any longer and to pressure the company to treat their animals more humanely; we should also ask our elected officials to step in and regulate this business, which is completely unethical and certainly cannot be legal… Can it?