Cruelty in the Animal
Industry:
Living creatures being treated as mass-producing machines
Pigs

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Gestation Crates

In factory farms, mother pigs are intensively confined
and forcibly impregnated. A mother pig (sow) spends
her entire adult life confined to a metal crate so small
that she can't even turn around or lie down
comfortably. Forced to live lying in her own feces and
urine, she and millions of other pigs like her will not be
allowed to step outdoors until they are forced onto
trucks headed for slaughter.

Pigs are social and intelligent animals who often go
insane from their intensive confinement and complete
lack of mental stimulation in factory farms. With
nothing to do and nowhere to go, many pigs spend
their days compulsively chewing on the metal bars of
their stalls.
       
The majority of the 100 million pigs killed in the U.S. for
their flesh each year spend their lives in cramped
metal pens inside filthy sheds. The animals are given
almost no room to move and they are deprived of
everything that is natural to them—they won't be
allowed to step outdoors or breathe fresh air until the
day that they are loaded onto trucks bound for
slaughter. They are pumped full of drugs to make
them grow faster, and many become crippled under
their own artificially massive weight.
 


"Dead piles" are a constant presence in
factory farms. While pigs are fed massive
amounts of antibiotics to keep them alive in
conditions that would otherwise kill them,
hundreds of thousands succumb to the
stress of violent mutilations and intensive
confinement. Dead pigs are sent to rendering
plants, where they are made into dog and cat
food or into feed that will be given to pigs,
chickens, and other farmed animals.



Pig Transport (left)

Pigs are generally given no food or water for the entire
trip to the slaughterhouse, which often covers
hundreds of miles. One former pig transporter told
PETA that pigs are "packed in so tight, their guts
actually pop out their butts—a little softball of guts
actually comes out." The pigs are shipped through all
weather extremes, and many collapse in the heat of
summer or become frozen to the sides of the truck in
the winter. One worker reports, "In the wintertime there
are always hogs stuck to the sides and floors of the
trucks. They [slaughterhouse workers] go in there with
wires or knives and just cut or pry the hogs loose. The
skin pulls right off. These hogs were alive when we did
this."