Hogwood Horror Farm

Since 2017, Viva! Campaigns have recorded a catalogue of cruelty at Hogwood Farm in Warwickshire, including extreme overcrowding; routine mutilation; cruel farrowing crates; sick and dying pigs abandoned in gangways; the dead left to rot amongst the living; painful lacerations from brutal assaults and live cannibalism.

Despite Tesco’s attempts to reassure its customers that they take animal welfare ‘extremely seriously’ and that they expect producers to meet ‘stringent, industry-leading requirements’, the pain and suffering continued. We went back to Hogwood Farm in 2019, armed with hidden cameras. In response to the footage Viva! obtained Red Tractor suspended their certification and Tesco dropped the farm with immediate effect.

Viva! has recorded the entire Hogwood story in their ground-breaking documentary HOGWOOD: a modern horror story, which is available to stream on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Google Play Movies.

The grim reality of factory farming is far from the ‘highest animal welfare standards in the world’ lie we’re being fed. It’s time to choose vegan.

Hogwood: a modern horror story

HOGWOOD: a modern horror story

You are invited to follow our intrepid group of undercover investigators as they expose shocking atrocities inside Hogwood farm. The conspiracy unfolds as we fight against some of the most powerful players in the animal agriculture industry. This is a gripping tale of negligence, greed and inaction, and our unrelenting fight to help the pigs trapped in Hogwood farm.

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Investigations

Viva! has investigated Hogwood pig farm four times from 2017 to 2019.

Hogwood was a Red Tractor approved farm, supplying supermarket giant Tesco and supposedly representing the best of British farming. In 2019, after the final ground-breaking investigation which gained national media coverage, Hogwood was dropped by Red Tractor, Cranswick plc and Tesco. Despite this landslide victory, Hogwood Farm remains the most disturbing and harrowing investigation of them all.

2018 investigation
2017 investigation

Hogwood factsheet

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Hogwood: Full Factsheet

Viva! has investigated Hogwood pig farm four times from 2017 to 2019. We recorded a catalogue of cruelty, including extreme overcrowding; routine mutilation; cruel farrowing crates; sick and dying pigs abandoned in gangways; the dead left to rot amongst the living; painful lacerations from brutal assaults and live cannibalism. Despite the evidence, it took four years for Red Tractor and Tesco to drop the farm.

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Videos

Our undercover footage speaks for itself.

Our investigation footage sparked over 300 demos outside Tesco stores across the UK. Over 70,000 people joined us in petitioning Tesco to drop Hogwood Horror Farm. We gained national media coverage for each investigation, including featuring on Channel 4’s Dispatches. Our investigation footage shocked the nation. It has been shared around the world and has created numerous new vegans.

We urge you to watch the footage now.

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