Animals and Humane Farming: Pigs
By: Philip LEE Braithwaite Andreae
Class Purcell 7B ISB - Brussels Belgium
TABLE OF CONTENTS *
THE DOMESTIC PIG *
HOW THEY ARE KEPT *
HOW THEY ARE SLAUGHTERED *
Words Pig Farmers Use and Their Definitions *
WORKS CITED LIST *
The Pig is the most frequently farmed animal in the world (www.atbeach.com). It is often kept in confined spaces. Slaughter of pigs can be a very cruel process because killing methods are not always effective. Humane farming of pigs is done in only some cases and humane slaughter rarely occurs. Humans want only the money and seldom seem to care about how the animals feel or suffer before they die.
THE DOMESTIC PIG
"The pig is a cloven footed snout-nosed mammal" (Grolier Multimedia Encyclopaedia: Pig). It is estimated that there are more than 700 million domestic pigs worldwide. The domestic pig can be found all around the world but it is mostly found around Eurasia. "The domestic pig was introduced into the Americas by Christopher Columbus when he discovered them (the Americas)," (Encarta 98 : Pigs). according to Encarta 98:Animal Husbandry: Pigs, It is estimated that the pig was domesticated 9,000 years ago by the Romans.
HOW THEY ARE KEPT
Pigs are kept in confined metal-slatted stalls where no moving space exists and you can imagine what happens when the poor sows have their litters, so this has given them the nickname "iron maidens" like this one below.
The cages pigs are kept in are named battery cages. In these confined stalls the poor animals suffer immensely. Often this makes them go mad so they just start to chew everything in sight, even the cages that hold them.
The farmers have developed different methods of maintaining hygiene and identification to use when each piglet is born. These I have listed below (from www.meatstinks.com) :
HOW THEY ARE SLAUGHTERED
Pigs are slaughtered in a very cruel way. They are first stunned with an electric power gun, but lots of the time the voltage is too low, because the farmers say that when the voltage is too high it ruins the meats appearance as it bursts the blood vessels in the muscle tissue. So the poor animals are sometimes still fully conscious while they are being skinned and sawed apart.
Words Pig Farmers Use and Their Definitions
(According to www.meatstinks.com)
I conclude that people treat pigs very cruelly and in so doing the human-being is threatening the trust that animals have given us. I believe that animals do have feelings and they deserve to be treated humanely . The human degrades himself when he doesnt use his intelligence and understanding when dealing with animals. When he consciously hurts and degrades an animal he is degrading himself. Maybe we should all become vegetarians
WORKS CITED LIST
"Animal husbandry: pigs." Encarta 98 Multimedia Encyclopaedia, 1998, CD-ROM,
np.: Microsoft corp., 1997
"Factory Farming." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopaedia, nd., CD-ROM, np.: Grolier
Electronic Publishing, 1994
"Factory Farming-What It Really Is."
"N.F.U. surprised at public hostility." Agscene, May/June, 83, 3-7
North, Richard. The Animals Report. Harmondsworth: Penguin books, 1983.
"Pig Cruelty Exposed: a P.E.T.A. Undercover Investigation" (and all the sights that
relate to this) http://www.meatstinks.com/pigcase.html 11/3/99.
"Pig." Encarta 98 Multimedia Encyclopaedia, 1998, CD-ROM, np.: Microsoft corp.
"Pig." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopaedia, nd., CD-ROM, np.: Grolier Electronic
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