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Activists to release new pig cruelty photos

Published: Wed 26 Jul 2000 09:14 AM
Pork Conference protest planned
More pig farm pictures to be released by activists
For immediate release: Tuesday 25th July 8pm
Animal rights activists say they will reveal disturbing new photos of pig cruelty during a protest outside the Pork Industry conference tomorrow.
The photos and video footage were taken over the weekend on a large pig farm in the Wairarapa. Ten activists gained access to sheds on a large piggery near Carterton on Sunday to obtain the evidence of cruelty.
The protest is outside the Pork Industry AGM at Novotel Hotel, 345 The Terrace, (Vivian St end), 12.30 pm on Wednesday 26th July.
A spokesperson for Wellington Animal Action says activists filmed sows chewing the bars of their crates in frustration, and photographed conditions inside dark, damp sheds full of pigs in concrete pens. They also discovered the bodies of dead pigs left to rot around the farm, and a large bin containing the decomposing remains of dozens of new born piglets.
Sandra Carey from Wellington Animal Action says this new footage proves the Pork Board have done nothing to improve conditions for pigs suffering on factory farms.
"The Pork Industry's main interest is profit and they can't be trusted to regulate themselves. We would like the government to change the law and make it illegal to confine pigs in crates" she says.
Wellington Animal Action: (04) 385-6728
Photos and video footage from Sundays undercover inspection available on request.
-- PO Box 6387, Te Aro, Wellington, Aotearoa (New Zealand) Phone 0064 04 385-6728

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