The floor was suspended eight feet above a liquid feces tank. Several hundred pigs died in the collapse, while hundreds more became stuck in the feces where they eventually died over the course of the day.
Pigs are considered one of the smartest animals on the planet. They can solve problems, use mirrors to find hidden objects, and even play video games. In fact, the pig genome is very similar to the human genome. Major segments are identical, indicating that we are physiologically, behaviourally, and cognitively similar.
Mercy For Animals Canada has exposed the cruelty inherent in the Canadian pork industry. In late 2012 we documented:
- Thousands of pregnant pigs confined to filthy, metal gestation crates so small the animals were unable to even turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives
- Workers firing metal bolts into the skulls of pigs, leaving many still conscious and blinking
- Pigs suffering from large, open wounds and pressure sores from rubbing against the bars of their tiny cages or lying on the hard concrete flooring
- Pregnant pigs -- physically taxed from constant birthing -- suffering from distended, inflamed, and bleeding prolapses
- Workers slamming piglets into the ground and leaving them to slowly suffer and die
- Pigs too sick to stand being kicked, slapped, and pulled by their ears to force them to walk
- Workers cutting out testicles and slicing off the tails of fully conscious piglets without the use of any painkillers
Whether they are purposely killed to become food, or they die in horrific accidents like collapsing through a barn floor into their own feces, pigs on factory farms are guaranteed a miserable life and death. Fortunately, eliminating animal suffering from our diets is easy, delicious, and rewarding. Visit ChooseVeg.ca to learn more.