Compassion in World Farming’s Investigation Unit recently undertook an undercover investigation into pig farming in Italy. What they found were pigs crowded together in inhumane conditions suffering routine cruelty.
We have produced a short video containing some of the footage that our investigators uncovered. We must warn you that it is upsetting viewing. You can take action on this issue without watching the film, but if you do choose to view it, please be warned that it contains images of animal suffering.
Viewer Discretion – Shocking Footage – Italian Pig Investigation
Published on 31 May 2013
A recent investigation by Compassion in World Farming into intensive pig farming in Italy has uncovered shocking maltreatment.
Following our recent investigation into Spanish pig farms, Compassion visited 11 farms in Italy. On every single one, we found the EU Pigs Directive (designed to protect the welfare of pigs) being blatantly flouted.
Widespread maltreatment uncovered
Every single one of the 11 farms visited by our investigators was blatantly flouting the EU Pigs Directive – a piece of legislation designed to protect the welfare of all the EU’s 255 million pigs.
Our investigation exposed:
- Pigs living in completely barren environments, being housed on bare concrete with nothing to satisfy their inquisitive minds
- Pigs with tails routinely docked – a painful mutilation used to prevent tail-biting, which can occur when pigs are forced to live in barren conditions
- Pigs left sick or injured. On one farm, a pig was so severely wounded from fighting that it had died.
We believe these farms to be representative of the massive Italian pig industry – which means up to 13 million Italian pigs could be enduring these terrible conditions every year.
We must tell the world what is happening behind the closed doors of Italian pig farms so please share the film with as many friends as possible. Use this link: www.ciwf.org/italianpigs
Compassion in World Farming is calling for:
- Enrichment materials (such as straw) to be provided to all pigs
- Tail docking to only be used as a last resort, never routinely
- Sows to be kept in groups, in large pens, with plenty of bedding
- Limited stocking densities, to avoid over-crowding
- All sick or injured animals to be treated and cared for immediately.
Compassion in World Farming has launched an EU-wide petition, calling on the Agriculture Ministers from all 27 EU Member States to ensure that the Pigs Directive is fully enforced in every EU nation.
Please take action by signing the petition now and call for an end to this unacceptable treatment of pigs in Italy and throughout the EU.