SAFE is calling for a national ban on farrowing crates – used in 70 percent of pig farming in New Zealand.An animal welfare group has released 360° footage of pigs in farrowing crates in a bid to end their use.
Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE) is calling for a national ban on farrowing crates, calling them cruel and inhumane.
SAFE campaigns director Mandy Carter said sows were placed in farrowing crates straight after giving birth.
She said pigs were highly intelligent animals and it was frustrating for them to be enclosed in cages.
‘The problem with farrowing crates is that we are sticking animals in cages so small that they can’t even turn around and they’re in these cages for four to five weeks at a time’ she said.
‘We wouldn’t do this to a dog – there would be a massive outcry if we were to do that so… why would we do it to farm animals?’
Ms Carter said the footage was secretly filmed on a pig factory farm in the Waikato this year.
She said it’s time that farrowing crates are banned.