Industry Pig Farming Practices Revealed
Recently, a video has taken ahold of the Internet’s attention. This time, it’s not a cat video, or one featuring a kid after his visit to the dentist.
It’s a shocking video (or not so shocking, if you’ve researched this subject before) of a factory pig farm in North Carolina. Since 2012, the director of “Speciesism: The Movie” has been recording aerial views of Smithfield farms in an effort to expose the environmental dangers of their practices.
Once the pool begins to overflow, sprayers similar to those used for small irrigation systems for watering gardens are used to spray the waste into a fine mist in the air. Because of this, the wind easily carries the waste to neighboring communities, causing them to fear for their health and safety. They keep their homes shut and are unable to do outside activities due to the smell and waste particles falling on their homes and properties. Below is a video comparison of Kings Farm pigs. Because our pigs are raised using an intensive grazing method, notice the difference.
Our pigs are allowed to roam in a designated area that is rotated regularly. This means waste isn’t poured into piles or pools. Our pigs are constantly given fresh grass and dirt to dig in. Waste is a natural aspect of a farm, but there are plenty of ways to deal with it. Our method is by letting the pigs live as pigs were meant to live. We study what is already happening in nature and enhance it by following nature’s rules.
The shocking truth in the video isn’t Smithfield having giant pools of pig feces and waste. The shocking truth is this video proves that farming is no longer limited to a farm; rather, farming has become a business. And as you know, a business will do whatever it takes to save money on production even if it means hindering an animal’s life. Worse yet, causing harm to the neighboring community. Want to read more about the pigs at Freedom Farms? Check out Pete King’s amazing Lean-To Pig Shelter that he built entirely of found forest materials.
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