Retail Giant Tesco Targeted By Animal Rights Activists Over Hogwood 'Horror' Farm Row
Activists will protest against the store's continued support of the farm
Maria Chiorando, Plant Based News
August 11, 2017
Campaigners at leading vegan charity Viva! have organized a nationwide day of action against supermarket giant Tesco, asking the store to dump Hogwood Farm as a supplier.
The farm, which houses over 15,000 pigs, made national headlines recently when Viva! released footage of the grim conditions these animals were kept in.
According to Viva! it is 'a prime example of the how government and industry are failing to protect the welfare of farmed animals in Britain'.
Founder & Director of Viva! Campaigns, Juliet Gellatley, who investigated the conditions at the farm herself, said: "Pigs were so tightly crammed into a disgustingly dirty industrial unit that it was hard to walk through them.
"Many were covered in lacerations and all were smeared in filth. In another shed, pigs were kept in groups in bare concrete cells with slatted wooden gangways.
"There was the cynical addition of a chain with plastic sheathing for biting hung limply, its novelty value long gone.
"These, it is claimed, are the best animal welfare conditions in the world.”
Despite the grim footage, Tesco has continued to back the farm, saying it is satisfied with the conditions animals are kept in, and is confident they are treated well. Hogwood Farm has also been approved by the Red Tractor ‘assurance scheme’ and the APHA.
But Juliet Gellatley says: "Viva! has filmed in dozens of pig farms and Hogwood is one of the worst – I was honestly sickened by what I saw there.
"Sadly, a profound abuse of animals takes place on all factory farms, which now produce over 90 per cent of all pig meat."
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