The Pig Pledge
Pigs are known to be sensitive, social, intelligent animals with strong instinctual behaviors and are full of character. Throughout their lives they need companionship, care and an environment that allows them to exercise their natural behavior. These requirements come in the form of traditional farming methods and good animal husbandry coupled with open fields, fresh air and sound feed. The UK has some of the highest standards in the EU when it comes to pig farming however nearly 50% of our pork is important from other European countries with lower standards. 70% of UK pork is still reared intensively in factory style farms.
The Pig Pledge is a drive to bring awareness to the consumer about the origin of their Pork and the processes the animal takes from birth to slaughter. Above all it is campaign against factory farming - a horrible industrialized way of bringing cheap meat to the market. Naturally, there is a cost for all this low quality cheap food.
A pig in an intensive operation is far from a happy animal. The conditions can be horrific, having no access to fresh air, soil, even sunlight. They are kept in small areas, and kept alive with cocktails of antibiotics just long enough to reach slaughter weight. It is by all accounts, blatant animal cruelty.
You don't have to look very far in the media before you come across stories involving super bugs and antibiotic resistance. Intensively reared animals live in such close and dirty quarters that it inevitable that their health will suffer. Once a disease or illness has set in, it can rapidly spread throughout the herd causing significant cost to the owner. The solution is that the animals are given large doses of antibiotics 'as a preventative measure'. Often the animals are not even sick. In the UK half of all antibiotics are used on animals that are not ill. A large percentage of these antibiotics are not fully broken down and find their way into the environment where bacteria can develop resistance against them.
Livestock in factory farms are fed on grains, soya and possibly waste. The additional demand for animal feeds in the form of grains and soya, means that more and more areas of the globe are being deforested to make room for more animal feed crops. The farms themselves create enormous amounts of waste that invariably makes its way back into to environment in some form.
Of course animal feed and animal products also needs to shipped around the globe further adding to carbon emissions.
The obvious choice is to buy meat from small local farmers who rear happy animals in open fields. Factory farming is simply insane.
Take the Pig Pledge today!