Manitoba Cooperator article titled
"Feed withdrawal saves costs and
contamination" (March 7, 2013), an Alberta Agriculture scientist advises producers to starve pigs before transporting the animals to their deaths.
Eduardo Beltranena, a research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural
Development, states: "Any feed left in the gut at the time of slaughter
goes entirely to waste." He warns that producers who are not practicing
"feed withdrawal" risk "hits to their pocketbook."
reports that "optimum pork quality" is achieved when pigs are starved
for 14 to 18 hours, noting: "A farm that ships two truckloads of hogs per week
would save $1,000 per week."
our first investigation at a Manitoba pig factory farm showed, Canada's pigs are crammed into
tiny, filthy cages where they can barely move. Their bodies are cut and
mutilated without any painkillers, and they are mercilessly beaten, neglected,
and often left to die, unattended, in immense agony. At the end of their
tortured lives, they scream in terror as they wait their turn to have metal
bolts fired into their skulls. Alberta Agriculture now seeks to add starvation
to this list of cruelties.
You don't have to take part in the suffering of these animals. By choosing a plant-based diet you can help end the cycle of violence. To learn more about moving to a meat-free diet, go to ChooseVeg.ca.