Burned and Buried Alive: Meet the Hidden Victims of the Swine Fever in China

Can you imagine being burned alive, or buried alive together with your babies?

In 2019 alone, an estimated 350 million pigs suffered horrible deaths in China because of the African Swine Fever virus. That's about a quarter of all the pigs in the world!

Meat farms that were ordered by the authorities to get rid of their pigs, used methods such as burying the pigs alive or setting them on fire.

Piglets buried alive - South Korea, 2002
Baby piglets thrown into a mass grave.
Piglets buried alive - South Korea, 2002
Baby piglets thrown into a mass grave.
Unforeseen tragedies or disasters waiting to happen?

The ever-growing taste for animal flesh combined with the increase in the human population is encouraging farms to keep as many animals as possible. Whether big or small, local or remote, farms in China and all over the world can profit more if they keep more animals.

As a result, animal farms everywhere are keeping their animals very crowded. Since animals produce waste, crowded farms become very filthy, very quickly. This is why animal farms, not only in China, make the perfect environment for viruses to spread quickly and efficiently.

Burning pigs alive

Can you imagine being burned alive or buried alive together with your babies? These are some of the common methods used to kill pigs who are suspected of being infected. 

In the above video, filmed in China in December 2018, we can see helpless pigs being burned alive after they were thrown into a mass grave. They scream desperately even before they are burned alive, trying to survive as their fellow pigs are dumped on top of them.

These images are heartbreaking and can make many people reconsider their meat-eating habits. But mainstream media never shows the animals' side, it never focuses on the nonhuman victims.

Burying animals alive - A common practice

Pigs and other farm animals are buried alive mainly because it's a cheap way to get rid of many animals at once. From a business perspective, it costs a lot more to kill the animals one by one. This is why farms all around the world, even in the US and Australia, are burying live animals when they want to get rid of them.

Mother Pigs & Babies Buried Alive Together
Mothers and their babies
buried alive together (South Korea).
Mainstream media is missing the point

Mainstream media is mostly concerned with the economic implications of animal viruses. The try to estimate if China will import meat from other countries, or if the viruses will affect the meat supply in their own countries as well.

In addition, when there are human casualties, this topic is, of course, covered extensively as well.

But what about the animals? Millions of them, dying horrible deaths from viruses that spread like wildfire because of animal farming and humans' ever-growing demand for meat. When we consider the animals' point of view, questions about whether China will manage to import enough pig flesh from other countries seem surreal, if not completely insane.

Pigs buried alive in Malaysia.
Pigs pushed into a mass grave (Malaysia).
Pigs buried alive in Malaysia.
Pigs pushed into a mass grave (Malaysia).
Introspection

Perhaps the saddest part is that the violence seen above is just the tip of the iceberg. After all, these pigs come from farms that treat them as mere property, as a means to human ends. And this tragic treatment of pigs is happening all around the globe, not just in China.

How can I help?
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23 Comments

  1. Márcia Stipp on March 14, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    O ser humano está colhendo o que planta, e vem coisas piores por ai, a crueldade por causa de poder.
    Mas saiba que nos últimos dias haverá tempos críticos, difíceis de suportar. Pois os homens só amarão a si mesmos, amarão o dinheiro, serão presunçosos, arrogantes, blasfemadores, desobedientes aos pais, ingratos, desleais, desnaturados, serão caluniadores, sem autodomínio, ferozes, sem amor ao que é bom, traidores, teimosos, cheios de orgulho, amarão os prazeres em vez de a Deus e manterão uma aparência de devoção a Deus, mas rejeitarão o poder dessa devoção. Desses, AFASTE-SE.” 2 Timóteo 3:1,5

  2. Michelle louise pons on February 1, 2020 at 5:45 PM

    Thats why I’m vegetarian as I think its animal cruelty go vegetarian or vegan so this dont happen to poor inasont animal that dont have a voice to speak up for them selfs it’s the human people that are mean and horrible to this poor things leave them to live

    • Martha on February 16, 2020 at 5:38 PM

      Vegetarian is not enough. Are you still eating cheese and drinking milk? Read where that milk comes, and how cows suffer to provide that bodily fluid meant for calves, for humans.

      • Martha on February 16, 2020 at 5:40 PM

        Meant, not for human consumption.

      • Salva on February 25, 2020 at 1:36 AM

        There exists filtered milk and a biological version also, Called NATREL I think

  3. Keli on January 31, 2020 at 7:44 PM

    What the hell… bullets are cheap the bad bad karmic energy they are drowning their country with has to come back and bite them soon!! Humans are the worst creatures.

  4. Maenas on January 31, 2020 at 4:41 PM

    There is a vet ryt? Why do dat? People won’t die or be sick just stop eating them ,this is not ryt killing them alived .. so in human

  5. Luis on January 31, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    In the material world, every living entity is getting their karmic reaction to past life activities, cannot escape.
    The pigs were humans in past life, and were doing same horror.

    • Jack on January 31, 2020 at 7:56 PM

      Luis, it doesn’t make sense. The pigs did something bad in a past life and they suffer now. The humans in this situation are doing something wrong and in the next life will suffer. It’s just endless suffering. The system you follow is garbage. More humans, eating more meat equals more suffering. It doesn’t help the pigs suffering now. If you choose a vegan lifestyle you can help some animals. It’s a start.

  6. Marilee on January 31, 2020 at 1:48 PM

    We should all be shady at how animals are continually tortured! Burning alive? Omg! Can you imagine being burned alive? WTH!!! Every industrial animal is treated horrible fir you to eat much less eating the garbage they give them in your meat. How do you stop
    This? I cannot imagine the torture of being burned alive! The ruthlessness is alarming for civilization. But then, we humans are the ones we torture. Omg.

  7. VEENA LARKIN on January 31, 2020 at 9:36 AM

    THESE PEOPLE ARE WORSE THAN ANIMALS, MOST CRUEL, HEARTLESS. HOPE THEY CATCH A VIRUS FOR ALL THESE DISGUSTING THINGS THAT THEY DO. THEY HAVE NO LOVE OR CARE FOR NATURE. ULTIMATE SIN TO HARM GOD’S CREATION IN SUCH A RUTHLESS MANNER. WHAT THEY SOW THEY WILL REAP. THEY DON’T DESERVE TO HAVE ANY ANIMALS AT ALL IN THEIR COUNTRY.

  8. MARY S ODENDAAL on January 31, 2020 at 9:25 AM

    THERE SHOULD BE A KINDER SOLUTION FOR THESE KIND OF PROBLEMS, THEY GOOD ENOUGH FOR EATING WHEN THEY HEALTHY. TORTURING THEM IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY OF GETTING RID OF THEM. DON’T MASS PRODUCE IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE OUTBREAKS OR DISASTERS. GOD WILL DEFINITELY BE ANGRY ABOUT THIS CRUELTY TO HIS CREATION.

  9. MARY S ODENDAAL on January 31, 2020 at 9:24 AM

    THERE SHOULD BE A KINDER SOLUTION FOR THESE KIND OF PROBLEMS, THEY GOOD ENOUGH FOR EATING WHEN THEY HEALTHY. TORTURING THEM IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY OF GETTING RID OF THEM. DON’T MASS PRODUCE IF YOU CAN HANDLE OUTBREAKS OR DISASTERS. GOD WILL DEFINITELY BE ANGRY ABOUT THIS CRUELTY TO HIS CREATION.

  10. Puella Jordan on January 31, 2020 at 4:45 AM

    People have just gone totally in-sane !! My heart breaks for these poor animals !!! That is why I do not eat them !!! How can people be so heartless !! This is a horrible shame !!!!!!!!

  11. Mandy on January 31, 2020 at 3:04 AM

    There’s got to be a better solution. My heart goes out to those that are tortured and those that have to witness this.

  12. Robin H on January 31, 2020 at 2:28 AM

    Speechless

  13. Carolyn Stensgaard on January 31, 2020 at 12:50 AM

    I despise China too!!!

  14. Chelsea Stanford on January 30, 2020 at 9:28 PM

    What the hell is wrong with people? It is way beyond my comprehension how anyone could do this to another living creature. It takes a soulless evil monster, devoid of any feelings whatsoever, to commit such a cruel heinous act. My heart aches for all of the fur babies in this cruel world, tortured by the hands of humans.

    I DESPISE China!!!!!!!! The most disgusting, barbaric, cruel, sick and twisted, pure EVIL country!! Simply ZERO compassion for any living thing!! I will never visit this repulsive country in my life, purely for the sickening way they treat animals!!!

    • Mandy on January 31, 2020 at 3:06 AM

      You are absolutely correct but China is not the inly country, Malaysia and South Korea as well. This is being done in a massive scale. There’s got to be a better way.

  15. Darlene Barton on January 30, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    This pain, torture and suffering of these poor animals is not right and all involved should be buried or burned alive !! My heart is broken for these precious animals !! Humans need to be exterminated from the world !! They’re all pure evil and heartless !!!

  16. Abhishek jain on January 30, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Karma revolves back. What human is doing with nature and animals they will face even worst.

  17. Michael Elyea on January 30, 2020 at 7:21 PM

    Such a violent way to kill those pigs.I would hope that people stop purchase pork products from China for the inhumane conditions that they are doing.

  18. April Waterbury on January 30, 2020 at 5:53 PM

    I want all people involved in this to die massively painful deaths.

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