YOUR PLANTS GET MORE WATER THAN THESE ANIMALS, WHO ARE SMARTER THAN #DOGS
. Denied food or water. When they are transported on trucks, #piglets
(most no more than 6 months old) weighing up to 100 pounds are given no more than 2.4 square feet of space, and farmers are #warned
that the piglets “probably will get sick within a few days after arrival.”One study confirmed that vibrations like those made by a moving truck are “very aversive” to pigs.
Once pigs reach “market weight” (250 to 270 pounds), the industry refers to them as “hogs” and they are sent to slaughter. The animals are shipped from all over the #US
to slaughterhouses, most of which are in the #Midwest
. According to industry reports, more than 1 million pigs die en route to slaughter each year. No laws regulate the duration of transport, frequency of rest, or provision of food and water for the animals. Pigs tend to #resist
getting into the trailers, which can be made from converted school buses or multideck trucks with steep ramps, so workers use electric prods to move them along. No federal laws regulate the voltage or use of electric prods on pigs, and a study showed that when electric prods were used, pigs “vocalized, lost their balance, and tried to jump out of the loading area” and their “heart rate and body temperature was significantly higher … when compared to pigs loaded using a hurdle movable chute.
A typical slaughterhouse kills about 1,000 hogs per hour. The sheer number of animals killed makes it impossible for pigs’ deaths to be humane and painless. Because of improper stunning, many hogs are #alive
when they reach the scalding-hot water #baths
, which are intended to soften their skin and remove their hair. The U.S. Department of Agriculture documented 14 humane-slaughter violations at one processing plant, where inspectors found hogs who “were walking and squealing after being stunned with a stun gun as many as four times.” An industry report explains that “continuous pig squealing is a sign of … rough handling and excessive use of electric prods.” _
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