Video footage from animal rights Direct Action Everywhere shows thousands of pigs being killed in gruesome extermination methods. As meat supply chains are disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic, farmers are being forced to kill animals, including chickens and pigs. This is one such horror.

According to the Intercept, meat producer Iowa Select killed pigs that they could not sell in a method called “ventilation shutdown,” where pigs are killed by having barn airways sealed off and then heat is inserted to move the process along and pigs are left to die overnight.


The whistleblower explained the process to the Intercept, “They shut the pit pans off, shut the ventilation fans off, and heat up the building. That’s what the plan is. It’s horrific as it is. It was first used on test cull sows: those were first given the VSD treatment. The first day they shut off all the fans and turned the heat up and the hottest they could get the building was 120 degrees. After four to five hours, none of the animals were dead. There was an attempt to induce steam into the building, along with the heat and the ventilation shutdown, and that is how they ultimately perfected their VSD operation. Every time they’ve been euthanizing the animals, it’s been a test in a sense. Piglets were killed off in a barn with gas generators.”

Watch the horrifying footage below

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