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Piglets at an RSPCA-backed farm were ‘kicked, thrown and electrocuted’ according to animal rights activists. A video from Animal Justice Project went viral, showing the shocking abuse at the pig farms, and the RSPCA immediately suspended several farms and a hauler.
Source: Animal Justice Project/YouTube
The video from the Animal rights organization shows 125 hours of secretly filmed footage at nine East Anglian farms where workers were loading and unloading pics onto transporters for slaughterhouses or other locations.
The RSPCA endorses almost 4,000 hatcheries, farms, haulers, and slaughterhouses that they say offer better welfare standards than most.
The Animal Justice Project claims that on one occasion, they saw handlers continuously touching pics with an electric rod to get them to move. The area was so crowded and small that the pigs had little to no space to move. The RSPCA and Red Tractor both ban the use of electric rods, and by law must only be used as a last resort if the animal is not moving.
“The panicked animals tried to escape by jumping hay bales while the handler shocked them in quick succession without waiting for a response,” Animal Justice Project said.
Handlers reportedly hit them with large boards, kicked them, and threw them into the air and down a ramp. Some of the pigs were even carried upside down by their legs. A worker at the farm apparently warned colleagues that the RSPCA was “coming tomorrow”.
At two of the other East Anglian farms endorsed by the RSPCA, the animals were jabbed with boards, hit on the head, and rammed with a metal transporter door, according to the activists.
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