Pig Farms, A Documentary: Dire Agony From First Breath till Last (In Spanish)   
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The images in the following program are highly sensitive and may be as disturbing to viewers as they were to us. However, we have to show the truth about cruelty to animals, praying that you will help to stop it.

Today’s Animal World: Our Co-Inhabitants will be presented in Spanish, with subtitles in Arabic, Aulacese (Vietnamese), Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.

This is the Stop Animal Cruelty program on Supreme Master Television. Animal Equality is an international non-profit organization based in Madrid, Spain that seeks the abolition of animal slavery.

The group works to raise awareness of how animals are abused and tortured by humankind and wants an immediate end to all animal exploitation. Key to meeting their objective is the promotion of lifestyles free of all animal products. Sharon Núñez is a co-founder of Animal Equality and their president and spokesperson.

Animal Equality has three fundamental pillars that are also in a way the slogan of the organization, which is to “Educate, Research and Rescue.” We carry out investigations in those places where animals are exploited, such as pig farms, slaughterhouses, mink farms, and circuses.

We rescue those animals for whom we have found a home, for example we held Spain’s first-ever “open rescue,” rescuing six pigs at a farm and we also use these tools to inform society about the terrible injustices committed against animals.

Today we present the first in a three-part series featuring excerpts from an Animal Equality- produced film entitled “Pig Farms” which documents the findings of 60 Animal Equality activists after investigating 172 different pig farms across Spain.

We spent two years, working, doing researching into pig farms, which made headlines in all the Spanish TV news, with one of our spokespersons, Javier Moreno, going on talk shows: CNNplus and Tele 5, so very important.

Pig Farms – An Animal Equality documentary

For more than two years, between February 2008 and March 2010, the Animal Equality Investigation Team documented what occurs behind the walls of more than 150 pig farms located throughout Spain. This is the result of that work. The Spanish pig industry kills more than 40 million pigs a year to satisfy society’s demand for meat. All these animals are born and live horribly in some 10,000 farms. In this film you will be able to see what no one has shown until now, a new dimension, in fear, suffering and death.

Gestation

So called “breeding sows” are used as machines to produce piglets. They are genetically selected to withstand between six and eight births, with 12 or more offspring in each litter, and their lives are reduced to a state of permanent confinement in narrow metal stalls.

Identification

To better keep track of the exploited animals, some farms insert a microchip in the ears of the sows, which is very painful.

Insemination

Before inseminating the sows, the farmer must check if they are receptive. Two methods are used. The first involves using a boar to detect if the sow is in heat from her smell. In general, the presence of a boar helps to insure that a sow will go into heat again after her babies have been weaned. In the second method the farmer himself will verify her fertility by using a heat detector or observing how the sow reacts when he presses on her back. When she is in heat, she does not move.

Once her state of her fertility is known insemination follows. To force the female into the required position, the farmer does not hesitate to resort to blows, kicks, tail pulling, shoving and shouting. Next the farmer cleans the sow’s vulva and inserts semen of the selected boars into the female, by a tube of around 50 centimeters in length. No physical contact occurs between the boars and the sows; nor is the development of natural behavior permitted.

Confinement and gestation

A sow’s pregnancy lasts between 110 and 120 days and the first month is spent confined in narrow sow stalls, also known as gestation crates. They are unable to move due to the size of the stalls. Distressed by the lack of space, they desperately try to escape. The constant friction of these animals’ bodies against the bars of the stalls causes painful injuries which become infected from the lack of hygiene.

These sociable and curious animals end up displaying neurotic behavior. They bite the bars or bang their heads against them, all of which are symptoms of the severe psychological distress they are suffering. After a month in the gestation crates, the sows are transferred to another area, where they remain in groups. This worker can be seen inserting his fingers into this pig’s eyes to get her to turn around.

Maternity

Piglets arrive into the world upon concrete, plastic, or metal floors, surrounded by excrement and the bodies of still-born siblings. Many of them, roughly 10% die soon after birth, after hours or even days of suffering. Miscarriages are frequent, although not all are born dead. Some premature piglets agonize for hours before dying. Sows who miscarry are marked and a recurrence means they will be sent to the slaughterhouse.

Again, we see how blows are used, this time to force a pig who has just given birth onto her feet, and the farmer checks if her other babies are still alive by introducing more than half his arm into her uterus. This worker is collecting the remains of miscarriages and the bodies of dead babies. Pigs possess a strong maternal instinct but the cages prevent them from giving any type of care to their babies.

The suffering of this mother can be felt as she watches her baby die in front of her eyes without being able to do anything to help her. In nature the mother pig will build a nest where she can give birth comfortably and look after her babies. This soft bed would give warmth and lessen the impact of any crushing. On a farm however, the mother will frequently crush a baby due to her lack of space and the concrete floor.

Many piglets do not die immediately after being crushed but are paralyzed and spend days suffering. Due to the slatted floors used on the farm, on many occasions the piglets’ feet get trapped in the slats causing bone breakages, a problem that they will drag around with them during the entire process of exploitation as broken bones are rarely treated.

Behavior as natural as suckling her babies is also painful for the mother. Due to the lack of movement and space, she isn’t able to lie comfortably, or get away from her offspring when they hurt her, resulting in injuries to her teats which can become infected affecting both mother and baby. A life of slavery and hardship has serious psychological effects on the pigs.

Here we have the same, an eye infection, probably, that reach the head and finally the whole area is necrotic. The difficulty of the images is such that practically no explanation is needed of the terrible anguish and terrible suffering that these animals feel. But then too, there is the psychological stress of being locked in cages for a lifetime; which drives them crazy, they have stereotypical behaviors, they go around in the cages.

So well, there are no words to describe what we saw during this investigation. But I reiterate how important it is because these images came out on Tele 5, and have appeared on channel Four, and have appeared in many digital media outlets. And that is our goal and what we have to be doing.

We deeply thank you Sharon Núñez and all others involved in the production of “Pig Farms” for allowing us to share your documentary with our global viewers. By showing the world the indescribable cruelty of factory farming in your film and other animal advocacy efforts, may you continue to reach many people with your compassionate message that animals are our equals.

Let us all do our part right now to stop the madness of animal exploitation and killing by always avoiding animal products. May we instead support the life-celebrating organic vegan lifestyle which allows our pig and other animal friends to live in tranquility and joy.

For more details on Animal Equality, please visit www.AnimalEquality.net

We thank you for your company today on our program. Please join us again for part two of our three-part presentation of “Pig Farms” next Tuesday on Stop Animal Cruelty. Enlightening Entertainment is next, after Noteworthy News. May we forever hold all life as Divine and sacred.
The images in the following program are highly sensitive and may be as disturbing to viewers as they were to us. However, we have to show the truth about cruelty to animals, praying that you will help to stop it.

Today’s Animal World: Our Co-Inhabitants will be presented in Spanish, with subtitles in Arabic, Aulacese (Vietnamese), Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.

This is the Stop Animal Cruelty program on Supreme Master Television. Animal Equality is an international non-profit organization based in Madrid, Spain that seeks the abolition of animal slavery.

Key to meeting their objective is the promotion of lifestyles free of all animal products. Sharon Núñez is a co-founder of Animal Equality and their president and spokesperson.

Animal Equality was born in 2006, and the objectives of Animal Equality are to publicize animal abuse and raise awareness of “speciesism,” the discrimination of someone based on their species, and to publicize animal exploitation, and put an end to it.

Speciesism is similar to racism or sexism in that we believe we can do harm to animals, that we can… for our benefit because they do not belong to our species . Speciesism has all sorts of terrible consequences for the animals.

Today we present the second in a three-part series featuring excerpts from an Animal Equality- produced film entitled “Pig Farms” which documents the findings of 60 Animal Equality activists after investigating 172 different pig farms across Spain.

Last week, we saw how female pigs in factory farms are turned into breeding machines, being continually artificially inseminated and then giving birth to babies they are not allowed to nurture as they normally would, all the while living under inhumane confinement and utter filth. We now bring your further excerpts from the documentary “Pig Farms.”

Pig Farms – An Animal Equality documentary

As with the gestation crates, the farrowing crates also cause terrible wounds. The absence of movement means although nails grow constantly they are not worn down, making it hard for the pigs to stand up or keep proper posture inducing chronic pain. In this scene we can see the sow with her womb hanging out. This dreadful condition, known as a prolapsed uterus, occurs due to the high number of births which these breeding sows are subjected to. Infection and diseases are a constant feature in the lives of these animals.

Living in all the filth that builds up on these farms causes eye infections in both mother and young. These infections can turn into ulcers, eventually resulting in the loss of vision. Some pigs have untreated open wounds which can become infected from the dirt, and in many cases this leads to death for the animal.

Bodies of the pigs who were not able to withstand the conditions they were forced to live in pile up on the floors and in the waste bins. Various piglets died while we were filming them. This little piglet has an infection on her face which if not properly treated will spread to the rest of her body.

This scab, you see how is lifts up.

And why does this happen? If you take…

This I believe, happens if they have been bitten a lot.

This becomes pus… on her body and it changes…

And these scabs are the beginning, and the piglet’s body eventually becomes like cardboard. The farmers have decided to kill her themselves; because they do not think they will make a profit from her.

And how….and how would you kill a pig like this one?

By striking her with an iron bar.

But like this…?

Look…her little feet are also swollen…

What, what did you say? What?

Like this

A scab forms, one scab that becomes…

Look,

They don’t care that you grab them like the way you’re doing?

No, no.

Kill it…. You won’t report this will you? Oh no! But I’ll cover my face

Get down from there.

He’s filming

I’ll take a picture also, Okay?

No, no, I…

Man, this is easy, huh?

In the end I can’t do it, huh?

Okay

Yes, yes. Within the next two minutes it won’t be breathing.

She will die after several minutes fighting in vain for her life and drowning in her own blood. What we can see here is not an exception or an isolated case, many farmers routinely kills pigs in this way. Sick mothers are killed with a bullet to the head, some will receive a lethal injection from a vet, while others will be abandoned to fate and die slowly.

Ironically to try and reduce the stress on the pigs, music is played in the sheds in an attempt to calm them down. Due to the overcrowded conditions and the lack of hygiene, pigs suffer from a range of illnesses and respiratory problems. To attempt to bring these under control, the animals are given antibiotics and other medicines for almost the entire time they are exploited.

Mutilation and marking

Only a few days after birth these piglets are subjected to a number of mutilations which cause them terrible pain, to avoid problems caused by confinement or to improve the meat’s flavor.

Tail Docking

Tail docking also occurs just a few days after birth. Sharp pliers cut off part of the pig’s tail to avoid tail-biting caused by the stress of life in confinement.

Castration

"You make an incision, and...I clean here..."

Castration is routinely carried out on almost all male pigs. A worker inserts each pig into a metal brace or violently grabs each piglet before making an incision in the testicles and pulling them off. This painful and distressing procedure is performed without any anesthetic.

Teeth Clipping

To clip the teeth, the piglets are handled by the farmers as if they were mere objects. Canine teeth are cut off with pliers causing pain and in many cases bleeding gums.

Doesn’t it hurt them?

Man! First…

Here they really bleed!

Yes, right at the base… right at the edge of the gums.

This is when … when it has been cut right at the edge.

Identification with ear tags and tattoos

Identification is carried out by perforating the ears of the animals with an ear tag, or using tattoo pliers fitted with ink-filled spikes.

This is the farm’s number… so when he is transported he isn’t taken to the…. the sheet that goes with the shipment must list the pig’s code.

The fear and pain suffered by each and every one of these animals is unimaginable.

Weaning

At 21 days after birth the piglets will be taken from their mother. At this point she will return to the gestation area to be inseminated once more. When it is no longer profitable to re-inseminate a sow she will be sent to the slaughterhouse which occurs after her fifth or sixth litter.

The small ones are… Her babies whom she will never see again will be transported in crates stacked on top of each other to the weaning zone or directly to the slaughterhouse.

Sharon Núñez and other Animal Equality members, we salute you for producing “Pig Farms” to awaken the world to animal cruelty and for standing up for rights of our animal friends. We share your vision of a vegan world soon in coming where animals and humans live in happiness together.

For more details on Animal Equality, please visit www.AnimalEquality.net

Righteous viewers, thank you for joining us on today’s program. Please join us for the final part in our three part presentation of “Pig Farm” next Tuesday on Stop Animal Cruelty. Enlightening Entertainment is up next, after Noteworthy News. May all beings know Heaven’s love and grace.
The images in the following program are highly sensitive and may be as disturbing to viewers as they were to us. However, we have to show the truth about cruelty to animals, praying that you will help to stop it.

Today’s Animal World: Our Co-Inhabitants will be presented in Spanish, with subtitles in Arabic, Aulacese (Vietnamese), Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.

This is the Stop Animal Cruelty program on Supreme Master Television. Animal Equality is an international non-profit organization based in Madrid, Spain that seeks the abolition of animal slavery.

Key to meeting their objective is the promotion of lifestyles free of all animal products. Sharon Núñez is a co-founder of Animal Equality and their president and spokesperson.

Clearly, society does not know what happens to animals, does not know what goes on behind the walls of the slaughterhouses. And the purpose of the work of Animal Equality, and we believe of animal rights organizations, is so that society sees… to be the eyes of society to see the terrible suffering of those who are victims.

So that they know these individuals, the specific stories of animals that have terrible lives, that die in agony in slaughterhouses, so that they put themselves in their place and decide to choose a lifestyle that is respectful towards them.

Today we present the conclusion of a three-part series featuring excerpts from an Animal Equality- produced film entitled “Pig Farms” which documents the findings of 60 Animal Equality activists after investigating 172 different pig farms across Spain.

Pig Farms – An Animal Equality documentary

The piglets are crowded together in pens with metal or plastic slatted floors. Many of them develop enormous tumors, infections and illnesses for which no type of treatment will be given. These events are repeated with frequency in virtually all of the farms in Spain.

Fattening

In the fattening houses the pigs spend around four months amid excrement, suffering from illnesses, infections, cannibalism and overcrowding. This will be their life until they reach 90 or 100 kilograms and are sent to slaughter. Pigs are very curious animals when not in captivity they spend the day digging in the ground or exploring their environment. Farms are prisons for them where the monotony and lack of stimulation makes them desperate.

The high concentrations of ammonia and other gases due to the accumulation of dirt, excrement and urine cause eye infections that can end up with a pig losing an eye. These gases give rise to respiratory problems in more than 70% of the pigs, which in many cases result in pneumonia and death. Contrary to popular belief, pigs are clean animals who avoid dirtying their living areas.

But on farms they are forced to live and sleep in their own excrement. On occasion, pigs even eat the excrement in the sheds where they are confined due to the occasional lack of water or food. Wounds frequently occur, and the lack of treatment leads to ulcerations and later necrosis sets in.

Due to their weight and the lack of calcium induced by the lack of natural sunlight, broken bones are frequent. During their time on the farm the pigs develop huge inflammations which can become abscesses of pus or tumors; in contact with the ground open wounds are produced which become infected.

In this footage various pigs can be seen with part of their rectum hanging out, a very common condition known as a prolapsed rectum. A tube to allow waste to be expelled fastened with a zip tie is the only treatment these animals receive. Many sick pigs who are close to dying are dragged out of the fattening pens so that they die in the passageway without access to food or water. Some pigs, while still alive, are thrown into waste bins full of corpses where they lie dying for hours.

Organic meat also implies suffering, deprivation and death for pigs exploited by this industry. All these pigs end up in the same slaughterhouse, killed by the same slaughterhouse workers, and in the same way as those exploited on intensive farms.

Transportation

Despite the fact that pigs in the wild can live between 10 and 15 years, pigs exploited for their flesh are killed at only six months of age, while sows used for breeding are killed at three years old.

Pigs are transported in trucks which can generally carry up to 230 individuals, with each one weighing roughly 100 kilograms, giving each pig less than half a square meter of space. Journeys can last up to 24 hours. During transport, pigs do not receive food or water, adding if possible, more stress and suffering to the trip.

The slaughterhouse

For these animals it is the first time they see sunlight, and it will be their last. Many do not even make it alive to the slaughterhouse. More than 85,000 pigs die in Spain each year inside one of these trucks. After the stressful experience of the journey, they are unloaded into the pens of the slaughterhouse. Workers force them to move forward with electric shocks or by scaring them.

These pens are strange, squalid places. From here the pigs are able to hear the screams of pigs being slaughtered for hours. When pigs suffer stress they produce hormones which lower the quality of the meat and affect its flavor. All of which reduces the profits of the exploiters, so the animals are given showers in the pens before dying. When their turn arrives, the terrified pigs try in vain to resist moving forward. And the workers react by kicking, shoving or dragging them by their ears.

Pigs are stunned by an electric shock to the head which leaves them paralyzed so that workers can hang them upside down and cut their throats easily. By contrast, in other slaughterhouses pigs are placed in gas chambers with carbon dioxide where they temporarily lose consciousness. On many occasions these animals are fully conscious when their throats are cut, or they recover consciousness while they are bled to death hanging upside down.

In this film you have witnessed what life and death is like for millions of pigs in Spain. For many this reality has remained hidden until now. But the situation is equally as sad for many millions of other animals of different species throughout the world. All this happens because we are paying for it to happen because we want to eat other animals.

All of us know that animals can feel. They want to live, and they do not want to end up in a slaughterhouse. None of us would wish that if we were in their place. It is time that we put ourselves in their place and understand the injustice of what we do to them. It is in our hands to put a stop to this. It does not depend on anyone else. We can live perfectly well without consuming animal products or using them in any way. Think about it. Put yourself in their place. Go vegan.

Here are some final thoughts from Ms. Núñez about our animal friends and how we can best help them.

Well, if you really want to respect animals and want to end the terrible injustice they suffer, injustice for which there are no words, to describe the terrible suffering endured by animals, what we have to do is lead an ethical life, and bring the abolition of animal exploitation into our daily lives, by becoming vegan. It is perfectly possible, we can carry on… have a lifestyle and optimum health and happiness and also let the animals be happy, which is very important.

Our sincere appreciation, Sharon Núñez and all others who have contributed to the making of “Pig Farm,” a film which is a voice for the pigs all over the world trapped in the horrific meat production system. We echo the call of Animal Equality that we must quickly end the ghastly nightmare for pigs and all the other tortured animals by embracing the loving plant-based diet.

For more details on Animal Equality, please visit www.AnimalEquality.net

Thank you for joining us on today’s Stop Animal Cruelty. Enlightening Entertainment is coming up next, after Noteworthy News. May humanity always be in tune with the highest vibrations of consciousness.

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