Mother Pigs Killed with a Sledgehammer - Video Exposing Italian Ham
What mother pigs experience on pig farms is something very few people know about. A new undercover investigation into the Italian ham industry, gives us a glimpse to this frightening reality.
In the pig meat industry, grown female pigs are used as breeding machines. These mothers are isolated in tiny cages (called 'gestation crates') that surround their bodies.
As a result of constant pregnancies, lack of mobility and high levels of stress and boredom, these poor mothers eventually collapse.
When this happens, they are sent to slaughter and replaced with their daughters. Often, the physical condition of the sows is so poor, that they are killed and disposed of on the farm itself.
This new investigation by Essere Animali was taken at a pig farm near Ancona, Italy. The undercover video shows how mother pigs are being electrified, hit with iron pipes and killed with a sledgehammer.
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