Pig Adventure: Come Play With Pigs…Then Eat Them

Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana opened the Pig Adventure on August 5 to a crowd of 300 cheering people. Like its famous sister program, The Dairy Adventure, Fair Oaks Farms plans to show tourists and school kids the latest in factory farm technology, while sugarcoating the fact they are actually visiting a facility where animals are raised to be slaughtered.

Fair Oaks Farms runs the largest “agritourism” destination in the country with the Dairy Adventure and new Pig Adventure. The Dairy Adventure opened in 2004 and is a 36,000 cow dairy operation. Their very successful advertising campaign draws in tourists by inviting families to witness the miracle of life, while attracting kids through their amusement park setting and interactive education centers.

Pig Adventure states visitors will see piglets being born and ultrasounds performed on pregnant mothers. Tourists will be able to “watch for hours” as cute little piglets run around in their pens.

“It will be transparent. It’s the first of its kind,” said Chuck Wildman of Standing Oaks Enterprise, an Ohio pig operation. “We want folks to see that human and animal interaction, to experience it for themselves.”

In reality Pig Adventure will be a commercial breeding factory farm for 2,700 sows that will give birth to approximately 200 piglets every day and send 75,000 animals to slaughter each year.

Visitors to the farm will not be invited to see how the pigs are artificially inseminated or the gestation crates where they will be confined. They will definitely not be invited to see the painful series of procedures young piglets endure after their birth.

In a frank report about Fair Oaks Farms and the cruelty that goes on behind the scenes, Free From Harm said:

There’s something very strange about the publicity pieces and videos that Fair Oaks Farms has been releasing to promote the Pig Adventure. If you were into self-deception, you could almost be fooled into thinking they were some kind of Pig Appreciation and Protection Society: from the tour buses plastered with images of smiling, adorable pink piglets, to the exuberant animated pig who narrates Pig Adventure’s website, to the reverential description of Pig Adventure’s breeding and confinement operation as ‘The Miracle of Life Project.”

Ah, the miracle of life. Now, I’m no farmer, but who puts a miracle in a cage?

Fair Oaks Farms prides itself on transparency, promising to connect you with the story of your food. According to secretary/treasurer Jon Hoek, the point of Pig Adventure is for people to see that “pork production is morally right, a noble profession and a service to humanity.” But what’s morally right about breeding individuals into existence to exploit and slaughter them, not because we need to eat them—science tells us that we don’t—but simply because we can? What’s noble about harming and killing animals for a fleeting pleasure? And what happens to the truth when only one part of the story gets told? We did ask, and we’re pretty sure the tour won’t show the Fair Oaks piglets being castrated without any prior painkiller, having their tails cut off, or their teeth cut out. These horrific mutilations, all inflicted without anesthesia, are standard industry practice on virtually all commercial pig farms, including Fair Oaks; and at least two—castration and ear notching— are practiced on most small farms as well.

Fair Oaks won’t be advertising that part of the “adventure” any time soon.

Plans are in place for Fair Oaks Farms to add three more campus grounds with an adventure park for beef, poultry and fish.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa2 years ago

Thank you

Mark Donner
Mark Donner3 years ago

Indiana like most states, has its share of psychotic and vicious humans.

Mark Donner
Mark Donner3 years ago

The majority of humanity is outside the natural order of things. What's called "humanity" is actually a grotesque perversion of what nature intended, among other perversions raising and murdering billions of mutated animals for self-gratification or for just plain psychosis and murdering billions of their own for no other reason except humanity's inbred insanity. The difference between humans and the animal and plant world, is that animals, insects, plants even microbes,have an instinctual duty to contribute to and to share in the biosphere, giving back to it what they take to nature in an intricate dance of long term mutual survival and evolution. Humans however, are the destroyers and they exist in overpopulated numbers only on this little human ruined world. The only consolation for the certain death of the earth is that out in the vastness of space there are billions of life planets that thankfully have never known human and never will. If humanity had an inkling there were other life planets out there they could murder and destroy they would be trying everything in their power to reach them, to expand their unlimited desire to pillage rape, murder and destroy. But their light years distance with humanity's primitive technology and primal urge to self-destruct means the life forms inhabiting those billions of planets orbiting the other suns are completely safe from the human virus that has wrecked the earth.

Zara V.
Zara Verryt3 years ago

I cannot believe that I have just seen the following words in relation to factory farming and slaughter: “pork production is morally right, a noble profession and a service to humanity." Wonders never cease.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Diane L.
Diane L3 years ago

Frederik, you are quite incorrect, and actually, your comment is very typical of a vegan argument and one that the rest of us who are not vegan have read and been subjected to since becoming members of C2. If you choose to not eat meat or dairy or whatever else you choose to NOT eat, that's your right, as it is ours to eat what WE want and most of us need to survive, or at least to remain as healthy as we can. You call our "arguments" OUT OF THIS WORLD? That's disrespectful and an insult, since it's unrealistic to think that the entire world could become vegan in the first place. It's not even the topic of this discussion, no matter how much you want to digress and make it such.

Frederik De Roeck
Frederik D3 years ago

The anti-vegan arguments are pretty much out of this world... There's 7 billion humans to feed on our planet. It's impossible to feed all of them with non-factory farmed meat. There's not enough land 'where only lifestock should be pastured' to do that. So either you start killing half the earth's human population or we all just start eating plant based foods.

And I agree that modern industrial crop growing agriculture is wrong too. But the main reason for this agriculture has become so very industrial and crazy, is because that's the only cost-effective way to raise enough plant foods to feed meat producing animals. Blaming vegans for industrial crop agriculture, is like blaming tofu eaters for rainforest deforestation for soy-production (while this insane amount of soy-production is for instance needed for McDonalds cattle feeding)

Diane L.
Diane L3 years ago

Silvia, I disagree. If done as stated, it gives kids a clearer picture of where their food comes from. Some kids, and I have to agree with SOME vegans who state this, have some kind of false idea that meat is just "made" behind the door in the meat department of Safeway and put in that neat little plastic tray and shrink wrapped. They do need to know that what they are getting at the store didn't grow there, nor was killed there, and it's only being SOLD there. They need to know that at one time, everything that ended up on a family's table was raised or grown by their family, not bought "somewhere" already to go. Yes, markets have existed for centuries as a place where one could buy what they didn't grow or raise, themselves, but most people realized what the source of the products was.