Eats Anglian Pig Co.

Experts, reviews on the investigation findings

Andrew Knight

Andrew Knight, BSc. (Vet. Biol.), BVMS, CertAW, DipECAWBM-­‐AWSEL, PhD, MRCVS, FOCAE
Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, Oxford, England

“Workers were repeatedly seen physically and verbally abusing pigs. The methods used to kill pigs by smashing their heads on floors, or with metal pipes, were extremely crude and inhumane.

A range of seriously ill and injured pigs were seen, including pigs with large tumours, pigs with possible fractures and severe difficulty or inability to walk, unattended new-­‐born piglets struggling to breathe, and others that were dying or dead. Appropriate medical treatment, and indeed, basic first aid, was not evident in any of these cases.

No reasonable person could fail to be appalled and disgusted by the cruel and callous treatment frequently endured by these highly intelligent, sensitive animals. The public would be shocked if it knew the truth about the conditions in which these pigs were raised.”

Katherine van Ekert

Dr. Katherine van Ekert BVSc (Hons 1)
President – Sentient, The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics

"Extreme confinement within sow stalls and farrowing crates resulted in the pigs being subject to extreme movement restrictions, they prevent the animals from performing natural behaviours. Pigs are highly intelligent and social animals and such confinement and lack of environmental stimulation is detrimental to their mental health.

Behavioural restrictions lead to stereotypies which can be readily witnessed in the presented video footage. Some pigs also appeared to suffer significant injuries and such wounds can lead to secondary infections.

Workers were seen throwing a live pig over a fence, another repeatedly kicking pigs in the head region, and another bludgeoning a pig to death with a pole."

Lorelei Wakefield

Lorelei Wakefield, VMD
Founded the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Animal Welfare Society. Assists Humane Law Enforcement Officers in New York City, and has been widely featured on the 'Animal Precinct' television series in USA

“Video footage of the pigs on this farm exhibits inappropriate handling causing stress and injury. Untreated wounds and illnesses are evidence of inadequate husbandry and sanitation. Workers are killing piglets horrifically through repeated vicious blunt force head trauma.The handlers not only neglectfully ignore evidence of suffering - they purposefully inflict pain. I am saddened and concerned about the cruel treatment these pigs sadly endure."

Professor John Sorenson

Professor John Sorenson
Chair: Department of Sociology, Brock University, Canada

"Animal Equality’s latest undercover investigations of pig farms in Britain clearly show the institutionalized abuse of animals and expose the lie of “higher welfare” in the British pork industry. The scenes of confinement, barren conditions and wounded and injured pigs left to suffer are bad enough but anyone who claims to hold humane feelings can only be repulsed by the farmers’ handling of these animals.

Pigs are hit and kicked and killed by having their heads slammed against floors or walls. Others have their skulls smashed with iron bars and are left to writhe in agony. The utter contempt for these animals’ lives demonstrated by these workers reveals the degrading effects of this industry. These scenes should also convince us that there is substance to one of the oldest positions concerning cruelty to other animals, the idea that being cruel to them undermines our moral sense and contribute to social chaos.

We are beginning to recognize that this is true in the case of individual sadists who hurt other animals and go on to harm humans. However, we should also think of how these violent industries have a broader negative impact on society as a whole."