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·         NPA accuses sit-in protestors of endangering pig health and welfare

·         Ignorant and self-serving - why pig farm trespass must not be allowed to happen again

 

 

NPA accuses sit-in protestors of endangering pig health and welfare

 

By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)

March 6, 2019

 

The NPA has hit out at the protestors who staged a mass sit-in at a Lincolnshire farm, accusing them of endangering the health and welfare of the pigs.

 

In a strongly-worded article, NPA policy services officer Lizzie Wilson said the association was ‘horrified’ by the events that took place and was ‘working to ensure the health and welfare of pigs is not compromised in this way again’.

 

“The group of 200 activists committed trespass with the aim of intimidating a farming family running a legitimate business. They had no thought for the welfare of the family or their staff, who suffered a traumatic experience. We are seeking legal advice and liaising with the police about how such incidents should be handled in future,” she said.

 

They activist also ‘seriously endangered the welfare of the pigs which they claim to care so much about’, she added.

 

‘Sows in a farrowing room are used to a quiet, calm environment with the same one to two people responsible for their care on a daily basis. They even become used to the colour of overalls worn,” Mrs Wilson said.

 

“100 activists piling in in white suits will have unsettled and agitated them and this is clearly visible from some of the footage as the sows are standing up and quite vocal. The presence of people also generally indicates to the sows that they’re going to be fed, therefore they were also probably expecting food.

 

“That combined with the fact that the activists prevented the farmer from feeding the sows at their usual time, will have caused additional distress. The farmer has since reported that a sow aborted a litter shortly afterwards which could be due to stress and/or introduction of disease.”

 

She added that the farmer also reported two piglet deaths due to crushing, while activists were handling piglets which were also squealing and then putting them back with the wrong litters.

 

Mrs Wilson also stressed the animal health risk posed by the activists, not least with the African swine fever lurking in Europe...

 

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http://www.pig-world.co.uk/news/npa-accuses-sit-in-protestors-of-endangering-pig-health-and-welfare.html

 

 

Ignorant and self-serving - why pig farm trespass must not be allowed to happen again

 

By Lizzie Wilson, National Pig Association (UK) 

6th Mar 2019

 

The NPA was absolutely horrified by the ‘Meat the Victims’ sit-in staged on a Lincolnshire farm on Saturday.

 

We are deeply concerned about a number of aspects of Saturday’s incident and are working to ensure the health and welfare of pigs is not compromised in this way again.

 

Trespass and intimidation

 

The group of 200 activists committed trespass with the aim of intimidating a farming family running a legitimate business. They had no thought for the welfare of the family or their staff, who suffered a traumatic experience. We are seeking legal advice and liaising with the police about how such incidents should be handled in future.

 

Pig welfare

 

They have also seriously endangered the welfare of the pigs which they claim to care so much about. Their irresponsible behaviour will have damaging consequences that the farmer involved must now try to rectify.

 

Sows in a farrowing room are used to a quiet, calm environment with the same one to two people responsible for their care on a daily basis. They even become used to the colour of overalls worn.

 

100 activists piling in in white suits will have unsettled and agitated them and this is clearly visible from some of the footage as the sows are standing up and quite vocal. The presence of people also generally indicates to the sows that they’re going to be fed, therefore they were also probably expecting food. That combined with the fact that the activists prevented the farmer from feeding the sows at their usual time, will have caused additional distress. The farmer has since reported that a sow aborted a litter shortly afterwards which could be due to stress and/or introduction of disease.

 

During the live streamed footage a squealing piglet is clearly audible, due to it being crushed, although the activists appear to be oblivious. The farmer also reported two piglet deaths due to crushing. Pigs who are agitated, unsettled or anxious are far more likely to lie or stand on and crush their piglets. 

 

Activists were handling piglets which were also squealing and then putting them back with the wrong litters – it is believed that several were trodden on by the sow and a couple came down with meningitis as a result of stress and piglet fighting.

 

African swine fever

 

ASF is a huge concern due to its close proximity to the UK and it has already demonstrated the ability to jump large distances largely as a result of people bringing contaminated pork into naïve countries and allowing pigs to gain access to it.

 

Pig farmers are currently being advised by Government, vets and industry bodies to be incredibly careful about allowing visitors onto farms, let alone having contact with pigs. It is essential that farmers know visitors have not had any recent contact with other pigs or have visited regions affected by ASF.

 

We have no idea whether the activists had recently been near other pigs, although we do know that this farm was not their intended target so they will have been to another farm that morning. We don’t know what they brought onto the pig unit in terms of food, or whether they may have been contaminated in some way, particularly considering we know at least one activist had flown in from another country.

 

They showed astonishing levels of ignorance and, again, a flagrant disregard for the wellbeing of the animals.

 

Other health risks ...

 

Health and safety ...

 

So, what did it all achieve? ...

 

more, including links

http://www.npa-uk.org.uk/Ignorant_and_self-serving-why_pig_farm_trespass_must_not_be_allowed_to_happen_again.html