30th May 2002
DEFRA accused of Hypocrisy by Viva!
Pig Farmer Bobby Waugh was found guilty of purposely failing
to identify foot & mouth and of animal abuse yesterday.
Ironically, the same government that is now charging Waugh,
gave his farm a clean bill of health just one month before
the foot & mouth outbreak.
When visiting Waughs farm at the time of the outbreak,
a DEFRA vet said it was the perfect breeding ground for foot
and mouth, Rotting pig carcasses had been left with
live pigs. Pieces of raw meat had been left lying bout the
farm. The sows gave birth among other pigs and grown pigs
were eating piglets.
Viva!s investigation of pig farming shows similar obscenities
in many other pig units across Britain. Dirty, junk-strewn
yards and filthy sheds that have not been cleaned in years
are commonplace and dead pigs are left lying amongst the living
on farm after farm. Rats, maggots, blood and faeces are often
discovered to be part of the furniture.
Says Viva! Campaigner, Kat Macmillan, It just doesnt
add up that ministry vets can visit an obviously squalid and
run down farm one month and find nothing wrong; and then just
weeks later, discover horror after horror. Its time
DEFRA stopped turning a blind eye to the conditions on Britains
factory farms. Bobby Waugh is one of many farmers who neglect
and abuse their animals.
Intensive pig farms are notorious for spreading f & m
disease. High concentrations of the virus, are exacerbated
by the large numbers of pigs crowded together in dung-covered
cells. Sunlight destroys the virus so darkened conditions
in indoor farms actively help it thrive.
Ms Macmillan concludes, Bobby Waugh fed school and
restaurant waste to swill-feed his pigs and said that he had
not fed them: ...anything that had not been served up
on childrens plates. Little comfort there as school
dinners contain burgers, sausages, mince and other cheap processed
products sometimes made from MRM, a slurry composed of chicken
and pig bones, testicles, rectum, feet and tails. Treated
or untreated, does the government really expect animals to
remain disease free if they are treated like this? Its
time to end factory farming before it ends us.
For further information and Viva!s 60
page report on Pig Farming, Pig in Hell, contact Kat Macmillan,
Juliet Gellatley or Tony Wardle at Viva! on 0117 944 1000.