November 17, 2010
Supported by: Compassion in World Farming, European Coordination Via Campesina,
Food and Water Watch Europe, Friends of the Earth, IFOAM, Corporate Europe
Observatory, the Soil Association and WSPA
The film, Pig Business, is the journey of mother and eco-campaigner Tracy
Worcester who set out to discover who was paying the true price for the cheap
imported pork for sale in supermarkets.
The documentary charts the rise of factory farms in the USA and the spread of
their intensive farming model into Europe. The film focuses on the world's
largest pork producer, US-based Smithfield Foods. With 52,000 employees
processing 27 million pigs per year in 15 countries, accruing annual sales
around $11 billion in 2010, it is the most formidable influence in the pork
Focusing on factory farms in Poland and the US, Pig Business reveals how we
should avoid buying meat from a system which damages human health, pollutes the
environment, depletes water sources, contributes to green house gas emissions
including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, denudes South American
forest, abuses animals and destroys rural communities and economies.
Here are a few facts to consider:
.Growing pigs are crammed into small pens with slatted floors, and without
access to straw bedding, natural light, or fresh air.
.Pigs have a limited tolerance to high temperatures and heat stress can lead to
death. In an industrial operation, pigs lack access to wallows (mud). Wallows
act as natural cooling mechanisms for pigs.
.Sows spend 80% of their lives kept in cages so small that they can't even turn
.To keep the pigs alive in such unnatural conditions, they are subjected to
frequent and painful injections of antibiotics and other medication.
.To prevent tail biting which results from the stress of overcrowding and lack
of straw, the pigs' tails are docked.
'Pig Business - Time for Change', Event at EU Parliament, Brussels - 9 February,
2011 - Sponsored by Jose Bove MEP (Greens), Dan Jorgensen MEP (Socialists &
Democrats) and Janusz Wojciechowski MEP (European Conservative & Reformists) and
co-hosted by Robert F Kennedy Jnr (video-conference).
As a critique of the industrial farming model, this film serves as a powerful
tool to promote animal welfare campaigns. We are offering this film free of
charge to NGOs and not-for-profits across Europe. Email
Join the above not-for-profit groups to alert your members to view the film and
write to their MEP to attend our 'Pig Business - Time for Change' Event to
suggest the legislative changes that you are campaigning for.
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