Cruelty Exposed on Award-Winning Farms

Shocking conditions on five award-winning farms have been exposed by an undercover investigation released by Animal Aid just in time for the annual Farmer of the Year Awards being hosted in London this week.

The footage was obtained on farms that supposedly meet the highest standards in the industry, but shows “dead and dying chickens packed into massive sheds; diseased pigs barely able to walk; crowded, filthy pens; and cows kept all-year-round in barren ‘zero-grazing’ units.”

“Many people want to believe that, as long as animals have a good life and a humane death, it is acceptable to eat their flesh, eggs and milk. But if the very ‘best farmers in the country’ are unable to meet this basic test, what hope is there for animals reared on the thousands of farms that don’t win prizes?” said Animal Aid Campaigner and report author Ben Martin.

The farms covered in the investigation include:

  • Twinwood Pig Unit, Bedfordshire. Finalist: Pig Farmer of the Year 2010 (Images).
  • F J Bosworth & Sons, Essex. Winner: Pig Farmer of the Year 2011, 2nd place: Overall Farmer of the Year 2011 (Images).
  • Steanbow Farms, Somerset. Finalist: Dairy Farmer of the Year 2012 (Images).
  • Sunny Hill Free Range Eggs, Northumberland. Finalist: Poultry Farmer of the Year 2011 (Images).
  • Rerrick Park Farm, Dumfries & Galloway. Finalist: Dairy Farmer of the Year 2011 (Images).

F J Bosworth & Sons supplies pigs to Cheale Meats, where two workers received prison time for sadistically abusing pigs in their care as a result of a previous undercover investigation by Animal Aid.

“Past Animal Aid on-farm investigations exposing high levels of squalor, neglect and disease have usually been dismissed by industry spokespeople as unrepresentative ‘bad-apples’. The same, clearly, cannot be said of the subjects of the new exposé. Following on from several years of investigations into a wide range of different animal farms, Animal Aid is convinced that these industry-commended establishments point to a ‘race to the bottom,’ with animal welfare counting for near zero against the drive for profits,” the organization said in a statement.

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Christinaalex Nicki
.4 years ago

thank you for sharing

Carol D.
Past Member 5 years ago

I think there should be cameras installed on all farms where animals are kept and all zoos and then perhaps the cruelty will stop It is terrible to think that as a Western nation we are still letting this happen Their should not be any animal cruelty nowadays It should be made more public where these acts of cruelty are happening and boycott the goods perhaps then the cruelty will stop and the persons responsible will sit up and take notice Shame on these farmers!!

Sheri D.
Sheri D5 years ago

This is so horrible!!! Please just stop eating meat!!! And poultry, too.

Nadine H.
Nadine H5 years ago

ty, I'm so depressed now.

Carrie Anne Brown

horrible but thanks for sharing

Kim W.
Kim W5 years ago

To bad no one really hears about all the awesome work I and the tons of other actual family farms do.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers5 years ago

We need to wake up to the cruelty!

Doris Muller
Doris Muller5 years ago

These award productions are planned strategies by the foxes to promote egg eating by the rest of the animals, what a farce!

At risk of sounding like I'm supporting death-camp agriculture I have to say, if the *harmers* are operating according to "industry standards," than why shouldn't they be exalted by their own peers and profit-driven financial markets?

Today, government industry standards legalize horrendous cruelty and slaughter under the emotional banners of *feeding* the nation and free enterprise. Governments opened the doors to factory farming under the emotional banners and the fallout is an environmental disaster for the earth, the humans, and the animals. The problem with government opening such doors is they can't or won't close them.

Thank you Animal Aid for your heart-wrenching work. I tried to watch the video, but I was in tears within twenty seconds.

Compassion for animals should extend to your plate

Lynn C.
Lynn C5 years ago

It's good they were found out! Now let's hope it can be turned around and farmers are rewarded for doing the right thing.

Barbara D.
Past Member 5 years ago

This makes me sick and I'm not surprised! Let me say it again, "Bravo, PETA, SAP, Animal Aid, etc. The work you do is tremendous and I and the animals thank you.