Abuse. Neglect. Suffering.
That is all they will remember.
A new Mercy For Animals investigation reveals the horrific lives of mother pigs and their babies inside pig factory farms. In the video, we see pigs panic when confined to tiny metal cages for the first time and their piglets mutilated without any pain relief.
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Mother pigs are filmed entering gestation crates for the first time. Isolated and immobilized, they become frantic. Some get so desperate they end up trapped between the bars. The sad truth is that they will spend nearly their entire lives confined to these cages.
UNABLE TO EVEN TURN AROUND
Gestation crates are barely larger than a pig’s own body. These sensitive animals are unable to walk, turn around, or lie down comfortably, let alone play, explore, or engage in other natural behaviors that make life worth living.
About 85 percent of mother pigs in the U.S. are still confined to these cruel crates.
Baby pigs are taken away from their mothers and mutilated in front of them. Workers rip out piglets’ testicles without any pain relief and violently kill some piglets by grabbing their hind legs and smashing their heads against the ground.
At factory farms, piglets also have their tails chopped off and their teeth ground down, all without painkillers. It is heartbreaking to see the extreme suffering behind the pork industry.
This is the sad reality for about 121 million pigs who are raised and killed for meat every year in the U.S.
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Pigs are highly social animals with considerable learning and problem-solving abilities. Pigs “have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated,” according to Dr. Donald Broom at Cambridge University. “Even more so than dogs and certainly [more so than] three-year-olds.”
If given the chance, many pigs sleep in cozy “pig piles” and love to cuddle with one another just like dogs do. Pigs are even known to dream!
Pigs have excellent memories. They can remember directions and find their way home from great distances, and they can recognize and remember humans and up to 30 other pigs.