The Truth About
Your Christmas Ham
What really goes into producing a Christmas ham
Pigs are denied the legal protection afforded to cats and dogs. Practices commonly inflicted on pigs would be cruelty offences if the victims were family pets.
Piglets have their teeth cut and tails cut off without anaesthetic—an excruciating procedure which can provoke vomiting, trembling and leg shaking.
Male piglets are routinely castrated without pain relief.
Laws permit pregnant pigs to be confined for their entire 16 week pregnancy in a metal cage called a ‘sow stall’ which is so small that they are unable to turn around.
‘Sow stalls’ have been banned on welfare grounds in Britain, Sweden and Switzerland, and are being phased out elsewhere.
Lack of exercise and standing on concrete or metal causes painful physical problems such as foot injuries, lameness, abrasions, and weakened bones and muscles.
Sows suffer chronic hunger through not being provided with adequate roughage in their diet.
Pregnant pigs are moved to a metal farrowing crate prior to giving birth that provides even less space than a sow stall. Contrary to their strong maternal instincts, they have no choice but to give birth on a hard concrete or metal floor.
The barren environment of factory farms is known to cause psychological suffering including depression in pigs due to their inability to perform natural behaviours.
The hope for a kinder future for these intelligent animals rests with each of us, and what we choose to support with our purchasing power.
It is commonly accepted that a pig
has the intelligence of a 3 year old child.
The following images are from factory farms in Australia, click to play!
and millions of pigs around the world
are still leading lives of misery,
trapped in tiny cages so small
that they cannot even turn around.
Refuse ham this Christmas
(better yet, give it up completely)
and help end the horrific practices
of the pork industry.
Posted By: One Voice