‘This farm is the epitome of squalor’

“Pigs are pressured to stay in filthy, moist, naked concrete pens, fully coated in their very own urine and faeces with no respite. These are naturally extraordinarily hygienic animals, and these cramped, soiled and really poorly enriched circumstances are undoubtedly inflicting each physiological and psychological harm.


“The stress induced by such an surroundings and lack of acceptable care seems to be contributing to the presence of illness on farm, with related mortality evidenced by full ‘lifeless bins’, and vice behaviours like tail biting and cannibalism. 

She added: “The extent of consideration proven for the pigs by farm workers is deeply regarding, and it’s evident that issues aren’t promptly and appropriately handled, resulting in extended and completely avoidable struggling.”

Claire Palmer, the founding father of the Animal Justice Mission, stated: “Sadly, on this case, cameras don’t lie. Our footage captures the grim actuality for pigs on modern-day farms in Britain as pork gross sales proceed to rise. 

“Customers are promised the world relating to their meals decisions, with Purple Tractor, which incorporates 95 per cent of UK pigs underneath its label, providing public-pleasing assurances and excessive welfare claims, and company duty grocery store insurance policies.”

She added: “On Bickmarsh Corridor farm, pigs have been residing in filth and faeces, left to endure, and confined inside concrete cells. Customers should now be asking themselves, is a bacon sandwich or pork pie actually value that?”

Dead pig
(c) Animal Justice Mission


Peter Egan stated: “Regardless of having witnessed many harrowing scenes of animal cruelty, I’ve discovered the video taken at Bickmarsh Corridor farm significantly heart-breaking. 

“To see such clever and delicate animals being so horrifically abused, from being hit, kicked, left to die, residing in filth, and incarcerated in cages, reveals a callous business that leaves a grave mark on humanity.”

The Animal Justice Mission claims the infractions “are a few of the worst” witnessed by its skilled workers. However they’re involved that the rise within the UK within the variety of megafarms, which have hundreds of animals being taken care of by fewer workers, will end in worsening welfare circumstances. 

Bedding is not required for all pigs underneath the Purple Tractor scheme. Pens at Bickmarsh contained no bedding or consolation, however solely laborious slats. Many have been filthy, with thick excrement overlaying the pigs. The animals have been documented biting and combating one another – with solely 5 feed troughs for about 25 pigs.

There have been virtually 11 million pigs killed in 2021 by the UK agriculture business. The variety of animals being slaughtered continues to extend whilst veganism turns into an more and more fashionable dietary alternative.


Cranswick Nation Meals has said that the “highest requirements of animal welfare” are used “all through the availability chain” and that each one its UK producers are “independently audited”. It made an unannounced audit of Bickmarsh Corridor after seeing the footage and declared that “the unit was discovered to be working to the required customary.”

A Tesco spokesperson informed the The Ecologist: “We take any allegations of this nature extraordinarily severely and are urgently investigating this footage with our provider.

“We require all of our suppliers to uphold excessive animal welfare requirements – all of our pigs are reared to recognised farm assurance requirements similar to Purple Tractor, RSPCA Assured in addition to our personal Tesco Welfare Accepted customary which exceeds Authorities-approved business welfare requirements.”

The Ecologist has requested for remark from Purple Tractor, Cranswick Nation Meals, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.

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Brendan Montague is editor of The Ecologist. This text is predicated on a press launch from the Animal Justice Mission. 


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