Activists expose the hidden face of Ontario's pork industry

| November 15, 2012

"The Hidden Face of Pork" blog by Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA):

A new CETFA investigation reveals the truth about Ontario’s pig industry.  In 2011 and 2012, CETFA investigators returned to the same Ontario pig barn for 7 months and documented a shocking pattern of cruelty and neglect.


Footage taken at the pig barn reveals: severely injured pigs, unable to stand up or walk, left to languish and slowly die without veterinary care; pigs suffering from serious untreated illnesses and injuries, including eye infections, severely swollen joints, and large, open pus-filled abscesses; dead pigs left in pens with live pigs who were scavenged upon; pens so overcrowded pigs had to climb over one another to move; and one pig removed by investigators who had abscesses so advanced he had to be euthanized.


The findings of CETFA’s newest investigation are consistent with those documented atpig farms across Canada in recent years – illustrating that animal abuse and neglect are the pork industry norm, not the exception.


As consumers, we can choose compassion over cruelty at every meal. Adopting a compassionate, meat-free diet is the most powerful action we can take to put an end to needless animal suffering and the conditions documented during this investigation.




Adopting a compassionate, meat-free diet is the most powerful action we can take to put an end to needless animal suffering...

Absolute rubbish! The "most powerful action" we can take, in the short term, is to force politicians to make and enforce regulations for the protection of the welfare of farm animals; and in the long run, to abolish the profit motive from all areas of food production, by replacing capitalist modes of agriculture and capitalist property relations with collectively owned and operated forms of production.

Adopting a meat-free diet is absolutely the least effective way to end needless animal suffering. The abuse of animals for profit is but one symptom of a hugely cruel, wasteful, destructive, exploitative, crisis-ridden, and unsustainable system of food production - which in turn is only one part of the entire anti-human and anti-nature system of capitalism. Social problems of this scope require social solutions - not individual lifestyle choices, which have never led to social change.

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