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