Take Action! Stop Killing of 500,000 Pigs in Chile (Video)

After an environmental disaster at the world’s largest pig factory in Chile, the government said it would evacuate half a million pigs — but now the factory owner wants to kill them all.

The crisis started when local people in Freirina, in the Atacama region of Northern Chile, protested the foul stench from the factory. The factory owner, Agrosuper, blamed a ventilation breakdown and the failure of “special” micro-organisms to eliminate waste.

The locals’ protest descended into violence and their blockade of the factory led to it being abandoned, the pigs being left to their fate with little food and water. The spokesperson for the demonstrators, Yahir Rojas, blamed government incompetence for ďall the violence.” The Chief Executive of Agrosuper, Josť GuzmŠn, claimed that:

We didnít abandon the plant, we evacuated, which is very different.

A Chilean government intervention began last Tuesday, after which followed the order for the plantís indefinite closure due to concerns over potential risks to the populationís health. Agrosuper was given six months to evacuate the pigs.

Minister of Health, Jaime MaŮalich, said:

This could be an environmental and sanitary catastrophe, we have to get in and take control.

Now GuzmŠn says that because any transfer of the animals would require additional measures to avoid any health or environmental problems:

The pigs are going to be slaughtered. They are not going to be moved to another farm or plant. This way they will not generate any environmental or health problems.

According to Radio Universidad de Chile, there are plans to move the pigs to a cattle slaughtering plant rather than another Agrosuper plant in the O’Higgins region after locals there objected.

Spokeswoman for the Socio-Environmental Movement in the Huasco Valley, Andrea Tanks, told them that another plan needs to be drawn up to close the slaughter plants because the same problems are present at all Agrosuper factories.

So now encompasses several places in Chile that have the same problem of odors, bad treatment of feces and slurry, misuse of water. It is something very serious and not just local.

Activists have blamed a lack of proper environmental controls and proper operating permits and monitoring by the Chilean government for the disaster.

The radio station also reported that the company has fired about twenty factory workers in Freirina who joined the protests. According to union leaders, Chile employment law means they cannot do anything about this.

Vallenar Mayor Cristian Tapia said that the company is not being truthful about their real capacity to resolve the conflict.†Says Compassion in World Farming:

We have already contacted the Chilean authorities to take immediate action to help the pigs. Now we need you to add your voice to ensure all remaining pigs are protected from any further suffering and that their waste is dealt with responsibly. There is no time to lose. For every hour that passes, animals continue to suffer.

Please act now to urge Chilean leaders to listen to our calls for action. We must ensure the welfare of these pigs is treated as a priority and that local residents are securely protected from any pollution.

A Chilean vegetarian group infiltrated the factory to ‘reveal the hell of the 500,000 pigs for human consumption’. Watch (Warning: images may be disturbing):

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Photo credit: cerdosesclavos.org

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Taylor Story
Taylor Storyabout a year ago

Go vegan for your health, for the animals, and for our planet. We're destroying our planet and ourselves by consuming or otherwise using animals. We need to do something before it's too late.

Jana DiCarlo
Jana DiCarloabout a year ago

any word on how it all ended??

Colin Wright
Past Member 2 years ago


Margaret Tyler
Margaret Tyler3 years ago

Why must we be so cruel to animals that give their lives to feed our tables? Kindness and respect are free.

Angela L.
angela l.3 years ago

there is no end of this cruelty until everyone has enough wisdom and sense to become vegetarian, if not vegan. And there's no end of argument of how animals should be treated because there's always the good and bad. We, as human beings are considered the most intelligent, yet the most destructive soul on this planet. If only people understand the law of karma, the cause and condition, then people will have sympathy on all sentient beings.
Please become a vegetarian, if not a vegan, it's never too late to save lives and lessen the pain on all sentient beings.

Walter Botteldoorne

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Walter Botteldoorne

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Tanwi S.
Tanwi S.3 years ago


Carrie Anne Brown

signed, thanks for sharing

Jan Garen
Jan Garen3 years ago

If no one ate meat there would be no factory farms. Corporate business is the same the world over i.e. profit motivated. To subject animals to such horrors,pain,terror for the sake of some peculiar desire to consume their flesh is immoral. To see those pigs in such distress is unbearable and the thought that there are animals all over the world suffering a dreadful fate in factory farms and slaughter houses is something that everyone should search their consciences on before deciding they cannot live without eating flesh.