Piggery footage reveals horrendous cruelty outside Canberra

By 4 August, 2012 172

Animal Liberation ACT, in conjunction with Animal Liberation NSW has launched a campaign – Australian Pig Farming: The Inside Story following several months of investigation into Wally’s Piggery, a piggery just 20 mins from Canberra.
Please visit www.aussiepigs.com.au to learn more and find out how you can help the thousands of pigs that are subjected to cruelty on this farm and by the pig industry.

The ABC has reported the story.

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172 Responses to Piggery footage reveals horrendous cruelty outside Canberra
#1
Jethro6:19 pm, 04 Aug 12

I wonder if that clown from the pig industry is going to jump on here again and call people who have an issue with the battery farming of pigs ‘ignorant’ and ‘ill-informed’.

#2
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd6:29 pm, 04 Aug 12

Yeah it’s a disgusting industry. But I do love bacon. We always buy the free range stuff but I often wonder how true it is?

Does anybody know local suppliers of ethical meats?

#3
squib6:38 pm, 04 Aug 12

Have just been watching the videos and photos from that website. Feel absolutely sick. I can’t believe they have gotten away with keeping the pigs in these conditions for this long!

#4
Thumper12:10 am, 05 Aug 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Yeah it’s a disgusting industry. But I do love bacon. We always buy the free range stuff but I often wonder how true it is?

Does anybody know local suppliers of ethical meats?

That is a start man.

How we today can justify cruelty to animals is quite beyond me.

#5
FreddyVegan3:02 am, 05 Aug 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Yeah it’s a disgusting industry. But I do love bacon. We always buy the free range stuff but I often wonder how true it is?

Does anybody know local suppliers of ethical meats?

Sadly a lot of the ” free range” pigs still live in horrible conditions and at the end of the day they still endure the same horrific slaughtering process as any other pig.

I understand it is a massive decision to make, but going Vegan is the only way to completely stop supporting such a disgusting and cruel industry. There is a lot of great supportive groups around in Canberra and we have a large vegan community full of very normal people who choose to live cruelty free.
Some useful links
http://www.al-act.org/
http://www.vegact.org.au/

#6
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd9:21 am, 05 Aug 12

FreddyVegan said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Yeah it’s a disgusting industry. But I do love bacon. We always buy the free range stuff but I often wonder how true it is?

Does anybody know local suppliers of ethical meats?

Sadly a lot of the ” free range” pigs still live in horrible conditions and at the end of the day they still endure the same horrific slaughtering process as any other pig.

I understand it is a massive decision to make, but going Vegan is the only way to completely stop supporting such a disgusting and cruel industry. There is a lot of great supportive groups around in Canberra and we have a large vegan community full of very normal people who choose to live cruelty free.
Some useful links
http://www.al-act.org/
http://www.vegact.org.au/

There are cruelty free ways to keep and slaughter animals. Going vegan is not a option and let’s be real, it’s a ridiculous thought process. Taking honey from bees or milk from cows is not rape.
There’s also the complete hipocrital fact that most vegans will have a apple product, something created with the bones of Chinese people who die so their own family’s can brutally slaughter a chicken.

#7
Gungahlin Al10:08 am, 05 Aug 12

Thumper said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Yeah it’s a disgusting industry. But I do love bacon. We always buy the free range stuff but I often wonder how true it is?

Does anybody know local suppliers of ethical meats?

That is a start man.

How we today can justify cruelty to animals is quite beyond me.

+1

#8
miz11:06 am, 05 Aug 12

No one wants/endorses cruelty to animals. But I do find it irritating when people purport that the next step is to ‘go vegan’.

Veganism is actually being cruel to yourself (in a kind of illogical-rationalising, self-martyring, holier-than-thou way). Sure, humans can ‘survive’ for a while without animal products – and probably for a long time if artificial supplementation is available – but it is scientifically unarguable that humans are omnivores.

The obvious solution is for the meat industry to employ humane practices, and for farms/ abatoirs etc to be randomly inspected. I have no problem with whistleblowers uncovering when this is not done – but it does not put me off eating meat! Rather, it makes me annoyed that the authorised inspection process has failed.

Also worth noting that veganism has a few promotional problems of its own – I’ve never seen a vegan who actually looked healthy. Eg, we had a vegan at work once and she was most definitely NOT a good advertisement for going vegan! Always ill and having to go to the dr for vitamin injections, always looked unhealthy, and had an appalling eating habits mostly involving coke. Predictably, her preaching about veganism fell on deaf ears.

#9
SnapperJack11:54 am, 05 Aug 12

So the loopy Animal Libbers and other fruit loops are trying to get themselves into the media again with another pitiful stunt. At least this time they won’t destroy a multi-million dollar industry and put generations of family farmers out of business like they did with their live cattle exports to Indonesia disgrace last year.

Vegetarians and vegans lost all credibility and proved themselves to be sociopathic nutters when one of them went on 2CC and said that eating eggs was a form of rape and should be outlawed.

#10
Tetranitrate11:59 am, 05 Aug 12

FreddyVegan said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Yeah it’s a disgusting industry. But I do love bacon. We always buy the free range stuff but I often wonder how true it is?

Does anybody know local suppliers of ethical meats?

Sadly a lot of the ” free range” pigs still live in horrible conditions and at the end of the day they still endure the same horrific slaughtering process as any other pig.

I understand it is a massive decision to make, but going Vegan is the only way to completely stop supporting such a disgusting and cruel industry. There is a lot of great supportive groups around in Canberra and we have a large vegan community full of very normal people who choose to live cruelty free.
Some useful links
http://www.al-act.org/
http://www.vegact.org.au/

err wot?

Why would you *need* to go vegan to stop supporting the piggery industry? You could simply stop buying products that come from pigs. 1.6 billion Muslims seem to manage that without too many problems.

#11
Mr Evil12:11 pm, 05 Aug 12

My questions are:

- When did the authorities first become aware of the appaling conditions on this farm, and why did it take so long for action to be taken? It’s appears that this particular farm has been run ‘quite poorly’ for a very long time, and surely someone must have said something to someone? Word gets around very quickly, especially if these places have a high staff turnover.

- Where are all the government animal welfare, food safety and OH&S inspections to ensure these practices are not occurring at intensive farms? Having dead animal remains and carcusses sitting around in plastic buckets/wheelbarrows is a sure fire way of spreading disease and infection to other animals nearby.

- Were food-service business owners purchasing illegally butchered pigs from this operation; and if so, what action will be taken against them?

- How many other piggeries are currently being run like this in NSW, or elsewhere in Australia?????

I will still continue to eat meat, but I want to know that the meat I eat is taken from an animal that is cared for in the best possible way during its short life, is housed in safe, clean and humane conditions, is fed a proper diet, and is killed by current best-practices, with the minimum of suffering.

Anyone who will not farm animals in this particular way should be removed from the industry as quickly as possible – for the animals’ sake, and for our sake too.

#12
Pork Hunt12:45 pm, 05 Aug 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Yeah it’s a disgusting industry. But I do love bacon. We always buy the free range stuff but I often wonder how true it is?

Does anybody know local suppliers of ethical meats?

Get me some halal bacon while you’re there..

#13
Masquara12:58 pm, 05 Aug 12

SnapperJack said :

So the loopy Animal Libbers and other fruit loops are trying to get themselves into the media again with another pitiful stunt. At least this time they won’t destroy a multi-million dollar industry and put generations of family farmers out of business like they did with their live cattle exports to Indonesia disgrace last year.

Vegetarians and vegans lost all credibility and proved themselves to be sociopathic nutters when one of them went on 2CC and said that eating eggs was a form of rape and should be outlawed.

Sociopath.

#14
jasmine1:12 pm, 05 Aug 12

This is an issue that is not just about vegetarianism/veganism but the ethics of food production and farming meat. There is nothing loopy about approaching meat production from a humanitarian point of view. The pictures of that piggery are disgusting, there is no excuse for this method of farming. Battery farming may not be ‘rape’ in the legal sense but it certainly lacks compassion for the welfare of the animal and is a torturous existence for hens. As consumers we can make a choice, or even go one step further an have your own backyard chooks.

#15
poetix1:17 pm, 05 Aug 12

After a lot of thought (well, some, anyway) I decided not to view the footage. Why upset myself given I don’t eat it anyway?

Don’t forget that vegetarians exist: we’re vegan light. Personally, bacon would be one of the last meats I’d consider eating. Pigs remind me too much of my staffie. Only smarter.

#16
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd1:19 pm, 05 Aug 12

SnapperJack said :

So the loopy Animal Libbers and other fruit loops are trying to get themselves into the media again with another pitiful stunt. At least this time they won’t destroy a multi-million dollar industry and put generations of family farmers out of business like they did with their live cattle exports to Indonesia disgrace last year.

Vegetarians and vegans lost all credibility and proved themselves to be sociopathic nutters when one of them went on 2CC and said that eating eggs was a form of rape and should be outlawed.

Let’s be realistic here, anybody who listens to 2cc is probably far more loopy than the people you are describing and far less credibility.

#17
arescarti421:29 pm, 05 Aug 12

Mr Evil said :

I will still continue to eat meat, but I want to know that the meat I eat is taken from an animal that is cared for in the best possible way during its short life, is housed in safe, clean and humane conditions, is fed a proper diet, and is killed by current best-practices, with the minimum of suffering.

Anyone who will not farm animals in this particular way should be removed from the industry as quickly as possible – for the animals’ sake, and for our sake too.

+1

From a moral and ethical standpoint, I don’t believe there is anything wrong with eating meat or other animal products, but I expect the animals to be treated with dignity and respect. I find it very disappointing that the systems around meat production in this country are not ensuring this is the case.

My response was to start buying my meat at the farmers markets. I know it is still no guarantee that the animals have been ethically treated, but I feel the odds are far better buying it from a known producer than some generic meat on a shelf at Colesworths.

#18
1337Hax0r1:34 pm, 05 Aug 12

Wow, horrible conditions you say? Just outside Canberra you say? Piggerys you day? I thought this was going to be another story about Queanbeyan.

#19
Aaroncbr3:05 pm, 05 Aug 12

Ever been up Yass? it’s a s*** hole.

#20
threepaws3:12 pm, 05 Aug 12

arescarti42 said :

Mr Evil said :

I will still continue to eat meat, but I want to know that the meat I eat is taken from an animal that is cared for in the best possible way during its short life, is housed in safe, clean and humane conditions, is fed a proper diet, and is killed by current best-practices, with the minimum of suffering.

Anyone who will not farm animals in this particular way should be removed from the industry as quickly as possible – for the animals’ sake, and for our sake too.

+1

From a moral and ethical standpoint, I don’t believe there is anything wrong with eating meat or other animal products, but I expect the animals to be treated with dignity and respect. I find it very disappointing that the systems around meat production in this country are not ensuring this is the case.

My response was to start buying my meat at the farmers markets. I know it is still no guarantee that the animals have been ethically treated, but I feel the odds are far better buying it from a known producer than some generic meat on a shelf at Colesworths.

Don’t be too quick to knock Coles – they’ve already taken a huge step http://www.coles.com.au/Portals/0/content/pdf/News/Coles%20Announces%20Sow%20Stall%20Free%20Initiative.pdf

#21
Mr Evil3:31 pm, 05 Aug 12

SnapperJack said :

So the loopy Animal Libbers and other fruit loops are trying to get themselves into the media again with another pitiful stunt. At least this time they won’t destroy a multi-million dollar industry and put generations of family farmers out of business like they did with their live cattle exports to Indonesia disgrace last year.

Vegetarians and vegans lost all credibility and proved themselves to be sociopathic nutters when one of them went on 2CC and said that eating eggs was a form of rape and should be outlawed.

While I will agree that some vegans are nutjobs, if it wasn’t for them and their friends in Animal Liberation, we may have never found out about the conditions in this particular piggery. Again, as I said earlier; where are the state/commonwealth agricultural inspectors in all of this????

And as to your comment about the live export industry – I’d prefer if the live export industry died a quick death, as I would personally much rather see Australians kept in employment here to process Australian grown meat in registered abbitoirs, rather than some dodgy mobs overseas making money out of the whole thing.

Farmers are very quick to point out how much they contribute to feeding Australia, yet they tend to forget how much every other Australian subsidies them every day through things like drought assistance and infrastructure upgrades to rural communities…..

#22
geni_lou4:02 pm, 05 Aug 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Yeah it’s a disgusting industry. But I do love bacon. We always buy the free range stuff but I often wonder how true it is?

Does anybody know local suppliers of ethical meats?

Butcher @ griffith shops does. Belco markets Eco.meats. Farmers Markets may be dodgy, not sure. If you’re a real foodie you could try making your own from free range pork, but make sure you know what you’re doing. If I ever stop being vego that’s first on my list ;) . Greehill farms at epic mark.ets do beef and treat their cattle awesomely well, they might know some good pig farmers too. Good on you for doing it, having grown up w a butcher dad & small pig farm, supporting local farmers doing it well is about the best thing you can do, I reckon. We went out of business when Coles undersold ,so did every other butcher in town bar one, and he didn’t keep his own animals.
Go you!

#23
schmeah4:57 pm, 05 Aug 12

Good work to the people who exposed this terrible cruelty!

And for those hacking on vegans; I don’t envy the time you spend over the toilet for 20 minutes every day, trying to squeeze your lump of coal, comprised of festering rotting meat, out of your butt …

Vegans/vegetarians; they look sexy.

#24
snoopydoc7:47 pm, 05 Aug 12

Disgustingly immoral and unethical treatment of animals we know are roughly as intelligent as dogs, and certainly have a capacity for suffering.

Veganism is not the answer (sorry guys, but most of you are just a bit weird… and avoiding dairy products, eggs, etc. really has no rational basis unless you can argue that the animals supplying such products are suffering in some way). Ethical and “humane” raising and slaughtering of livestock is possible, and not difficult.

The owners of the piggery in question (the Perenc family) can be reached on (02) 6227-5668 or on (02) 6227-5910 if anyone feels they’d like to pass on some constructive criticism regarding their “farming” practices.

#25
Thumper7:58 pm, 05 Aug 12

SnapperJack said :

So the loopy Animal Libbers and other fruit loops are trying to get themselves into the media again with another pitiful stunt. At least this time they won’t destroy a multi-million dollar industry and put generations of family farmers out of business like they did with their live cattle exports to Indonesia disgrace last year.

Vegetarians and vegans lost all credibility and proved themselves to be sociopathic nutters when one of them went on 2CC and said that eating eggs was a form of rape and should be outlawed.

Vegetarians and vegans are very different.

Some people are simply nutters no matter what.

Tell me, do you think it’s okay to treat animals cruelly

#26
Thumper8:02 pm, 05 Aug 12

Mr Evil said :

My questions are:

- When did the authorities first become aware of the appaling conditions on this farm, and why did it take so long for action to be taken? It’s appears that this particular farm has been run ‘quite poorly’ for a very long time, and surely someone must have said something to someone? Word gets around very quickly, especially if these places have a high staff turnover.

- Where are all the government animal welfare, food safety and OH&S inspections to ensure these practices are not occurring at intensive farms? Having dead animal remains and carcusses sitting around in plastic buckets/wheelbarrows is a sure fire way of spreading disease and infection to other animals nearby.

- Were food-service business owners purchasing illegally butchered pigs from this operation; and if so, what action will be taken against them?

- How many other piggeries are currently being run like this in NSW, or elsewhere in Australia?????

I will still continue to eat meat, but I want to know that the meat I eat is taken from an animal that is cared for in the best possible way during its short life, is housed in safe, clean and humane conditions, is fed a proper diet, and is killed by current best-practices, with the minimum of suffering.

Anyone who will not farm animals in this particular way should be removed from the industry as quickly as possible – for the animals’ sake, and for our sake too.

Well said.

There is no need to be cruel.

#27
Antagonist9:07 pm, 05 Aug 12

schmeah said :

And for those hacking on vegans; I don’t envy the time you spend over the toilet for 20 minutes every day, trying to squeeze your lump of coal, comprised of festering rotting meat, out of your butt …

You obviously have not eaten a falafel recently.

Vegetarians I understand. And I am fine with it. Vegans are terrorists.

#28
Mysteryman11:17 pm, 05 Aug 12

schmeah said :

Good work to the people who exposed this terrible cruelty!

And for those hacking on vegans; I don’t envy the time you spend over the toilet for 20 minutes every day, trying to squeeze your lump of coal, comprised of festering rotting meat, out of your butt …

Vegans/vegetarians; they look sexy.

WTF is wrong with your body? Was that your experience when eating meat? Something is seriously wrong with you.

youredoingitwrong.jpg

#29
DrKoresh11:17 pm, 05 Aug 12

schmeah said :

Good work to the people who exposed this terrible cruelty!

And for those hacking on vegans; I don’t envy the time you spend over the toilet for 20 minutes every day, trying to squeeze your lump of coal, comprised of festering rotting meat, out of your butt …

Vegans/vegetarians; they look sexy.

Did you even go to school? Because you have some fundamental flaws in your understanding of the digestive tract,

I don’t even the 30 minutes or so a day you spend eating cardboard and grass clippings. So let’s just agree to disagree, hey?

#30
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd6:51 am, 06 Aug 12

geni_lou said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Yeah it’s a disgusting industry. But I do love bacon. We always buy the free range stuff but I often wonder how true it is?

Does anybody know local suppliers of ethical meats?

Butcher @ griffith shops does. Belco markets Eco.meats. Farmers Markets may be dodgy, not sure. If you’re a real foodie you could try making your own from free range pork, but make sure you know what you’re doing. If I ever stop being vego that’s first on my list ;) . Greehill farms at epic mark.ets do beef and treat their cattle awesomely well, they might know some good pig farmers too. Good on you for doing it, having grown up w a butcher dad & small pig farm, supporting local farmers doing it well is about the best thing you can do, I reckon. We went out of business when Coles undersold ,so did every other butcher in town bar one, and he didn’t keep his own animals.
Go you!

Thank you. Will stop into Griffith soon!

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