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Australian Pork Industry Responds to 60 Minutes and Animals Australia's TV Commercial, With Misleading Information

Offbeat  (tags: australian pork industry, pig farms suffering, exposure, misleading information )

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Animals Australia recently started its first TV ad campaign ('You didn't know, did you?') to inform Australian consumers about the hidden truth behind factory farmed products. In response to this campaign and the exposé on pig farming shown on 60 Minutes


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Jenny Dooley (830)
Sunday November 22, 2009, 3:41 pm
Thanks for this news item, Simone.
These cages have been banned or are being phased out in the UK, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands (and, sadly, only 6 states of the USA).
I'm glad that 'Animals Australia' has put out a TV ad ('You didn't know, did you?') to educate Australians about the unethical treatment of pigs in factory farms. This campaign and the 60 Minutes exposť (22/11/09) must have at least got the Australian Pork Limited's attention, as it updated its site - and sadly lies about the welfare status of pigs on Australian factory farms.... e.g. a 'healthy pig is a better product' and that 'pig farmers understand better than anyone the crucial importance of a high standard of care for each and every animal on their farm'.
That "high standard" means factory farms house animals in an unnatural, inappropriate environment. Absolutely devoid of enrichment and quality of life.
Animal welfare is secondary to Production Goals on factory farms.
NB: factory farming involves mutilations (tail docking, teeth clipping) carried out without pain relief. Severely restricted movement means a high incidence of leg injuries, lameness, weakened bones and muscles, urinary tract infections and weakened hearts.

Simone D (1462)
Sunday November 22, 2009, 3:44 pm
You are welcome dear Jenny. Yes,no surprise the Australian pork industry were not happy, the truth hurts!

Agnes H (144)
Sunday November 22, 2009, 6:24 pm
I was surprised to read about the circumstances the sows are kept in and how they are treated, and all that so that the Pork farmers can get an extra few dollars. I do remember that our pigs had more room to move around in even though my dad didn't sell the pigs for meat. I wonder what the farmers today feed their pigs on? Especially the pregnant sows. They obviously have some sort of prepared food for them if it's high in protein but not high enough in roughage.
If farmers are keen on selling their pigs they ought to take more care of them. But I suppose it's the same with pigs as with chickens free range is always better than "battery" reared ones.
I read the article that tells all about it, and what's done about it. The trouble with Australia is that one state can bring a law in but it doesn't have to be country wide. I believe that the law should be brought in country wide and not state by state as that only confuses the meat buyers. Not that it bothers me being a vegetarian. But having seen what my parents did for our pigs I was disgusted by reading what they do to the pigs here and how they're treated. Certainly the Governments should ban all the battery reared animals and have them all given enough room to walk around in.
People should want the best for their animals especially if they intend to eat them at the end! I'll have to come back to this article and read the whole lot all over again. Maybe then I can give a better comment although I must say it was interesting reading as I couldn't watch the programme.
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