Pigs

  • The majority of pigs in Ireland are raised indoors in factory farms where they cannot indulge in their normal behaviours such as rooting (ie. digging with their snouts).
  • Because they do not have much space to move around, their tails are docked (without anaesthetic) to prevent them being bitten by other animals who are frustrated by the lack of space.
  • Pregnant sows are put in ‘farrowing crates’ for many weeks where they cannot even turn around.
  • Pigs are usually slaughtered when they are between 4 and 10 months old. Their natural life-span would have been 15 years.
  • Pigs are considered to have an intelligence level equal to that of a 3-year old child.

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