Their piglets are killed when five months old. The mother’s lifespan depends on how long her body can withstand constant pregnancy, confinement, depression and deprivation.
Despite how they are raised, whether on factory facilities or free range farms, many pigs are stunned in CO2 gas chambers, where they suffer horrifically from their first lungful of gas burning from the inside out. They then have their throats cut and bleed out.
“The killing of free range pigs at the slaughterhouse was particularly distressing. One pig was absolutely terrified, screaming and frothing at the mouth. She could see pigs bleeding out before her. She twisted and turned her body desperately trying to escape. The slaughterman panicked and planted the electrical stunner on her head so tightly that smoke rose. Her eyes caught mine in sheer terror and pain – more than anything I wanted to get her out of there.” – Patty Mark, Founder, Animal Liberation Victoria
See our Pig Truth page for more information.