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ABUSED, DISEASED AND PARALYSED: Horrific scenes at pig farm prompt supermarkets to suspend orders

ABUSED, DISEASED AND PARALYSED: Horrific scenes at pig farm prompt supermarkets to suspend orders

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North Yorkshire pig farm has Red Tractor membership revoked.

Some of the UK’s major supermarkets have suspended orders from a Red Tractor Farm after it was discovered pigs were being abused and neglected to a horrific degree.

Footage obtained by animal rights organisation Surge, published by the Independent, shows pigs at Willerby Wold Piggeries near Scarborough being subjected to shocking levels of suffering, injuries and disregard for animal welfare by workers.

The squalid condition the animals are being kept in has raised serious concerns about the quality and content of the meat being distributed.

A former auditor for Red Tractor, swine veterinarian Dr Alice Brough said:

“The stockpeople display a monstrous disregard for the sentient animals under their care, ignoring the sick and dying, and kicking paralysed pigs that cannot get away. The unit is squalid, the pigs riddled with disease, and the many dead are left to rot in pens with the living; this is the sort of place that will produce our next pandemic.

“This is among some of the most harrowing footage I have seen captured in the UK. Unfortunately, the serious health and welfare issues on this farm are not unique, and they reflect much wider concerns across the industry. Crippling lameness and longstanding infections can be seen in abundance, exacerbated by the heinous conditions in which the pigs are forced to live. Tails are chewed out of stress, despite all pigs having been mutilated at birth to shorten them.

The farm provided pork for Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. Red Tractor said they have terminated the farm’s membership.

The footage was sent to the RSPCA. I spokesperson for the charity said:

“This footage is very distressing. We are concerned that there appears to be violations of the laws in place to protect animal welfare on farms. It appears to show disturbing scenes where sick, dying and dead animals are worried at by other pigs, and a lack of enrichment and bedding.

“As soon as we received the footage, we contacted the Animal Plant and Health Agency (APHA) to urge them to look into this as soon as possible and take action.”

The Independent said that a statement on behalf of Willerby Wold Piggeries Ltd read: “The welfare of our animals has been the most important consideration for Willerby Wold Piggeries and continues to be so.

“Recent questions relating to our animal welfare have been raised and we take this very seriously.

“In addition to routine and spot audits, we are currently working with assurance professionals and veterinary advisers to address any concerns or issues that have been raised.”

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