Pigs are the third most commonly consumed animal in the United Kingdom. Pig farming is typically separated into grower pigs which are raised for their flesh and sow pigs which are repeatedly impregnated to birth grower pigs.

Living Conditions

Almost all pigs are raised on factory farms

Age at Death

Almost all pigs are killed between 4-6 months old

Grower pigs
Breeding pigs

Grower pigs

4-6 months

Breeding pigs

3-5 years

Birth

Natural life expectancy

Method of Death

Most pigs are put into gas chambers and then their throats are cut

Farming Practices

Farrowing Crates

Farrowing Crates

Mother pigs are put into small individual cages for six weeks at a time while giving birth

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Piglet Thumping

Piglet Thumping

Piglets deemed weak or unprofitable are inflicted with blunt force trauma until they are dead

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Early Death

Early Death

Pigs die before making it to slaughter due to the low welfare conditions they are raised in

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Artificial Insemination

Artificial Insemination

Mother pigs are forcibly impregnated with tubes containing semen that are pushed into the cervix

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Tail Mutilations

Tail Mutilations

Piglets tails are removed to prevent injuries that arise due to the low welfare conditions they are raised in

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Tooth Mutilations

Tooth Mutilations

Pigs teeth are clipped or ground to prevent injuries that arise due to the low welfare conditions they are raised in

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Genital Mutilations

Genital Mutilations

Male pigs are castrated to make the taste of their flesh more desirable

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Ear Mutilations

Ear Mutilations

Piglets ears are tagged or tattooed as a method of identification

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Repeated Pregnancy Cycles

Repeated Pregnancy Cycles

Mother pigs are repeatedly impregnated and killed once their piglet production declines

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Indoor Rearing

Indoor Rearing

After weaning pigs spend their entire lives indoors to be fattened for slaughter

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Unsuitable Transport

Unsuitable Transport

Pigs are transported during hot temperatures that are known to cause distress and suffering

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Common during summer
Ineffective Stunning

Ineffective Stunning

Pigs stunned using electronarcosis regain consciousness after their first stunning

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Painful Deaths

Painful Deaths

Pigs are killed using high carbon dioxide concentrations that are known to cause pain, fear and distress

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Other Industries

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