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Pig farm protester locks himself to silo

Published: 9:58AM Sunday April 11, 2010 Source: NZPA

A man has locked himself to a silo on a Waikato pig farm in a protest over factory farming.

Open Rescue member John Darroch said he was prepared to stay at the Cambridge property for up to two days.

Supporters with banners, placards and pig costumes were also outside the farm.

Darroch said that over the past month he had visited several pig farms in Waikato and been shocked and saddened by what he had seen.

"It was heartbreaking to see sows who had just given birth. They were completely unable to carry out any of their natural behaviours and could do no more than stare as we walked around," he said.

"Today's action is not aimed at this particular farm, which is acting lawfully. It is aimed at an industry which is inherently cruel, and a government which refuses to act."

Darroch said New Zealand Open Rescue believed the new draft Code of Welfare for pigs was inadequate and still allowed sows to be confined in crates for their entire lives until 2013, limited to 20 weeks by 2013, and 10 weeks by 2018.

"New Zealand Open Rescue wishes to put pressure on Minister of Agriculture David Carter to fix up the loopholes in the Animal Welfare Act which allow Codes of Welfare to be implemented that to do not meet the basic principles of the Act."

How do you feel about factory farming in New Zealand? Do you feel as strongly as John Darroch? Have your say on the messageboard below.

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  • ChrisNoaro said on 2010-07-24 @ 20:18 NZDT: Report abusive post

    People need to realise that pigs will continue to be abused like this until we stop eating them. Farming and the meat indutry need to keep costs down to stay competitive so the interests of animals will always be low on the list. Also on the subject of free range - KILLING SOMETHING ISN'T TREATING IT NICELY.

  • trudiu said on 2010-07-24 @ 18:06 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Well done again to Close up, and SAFE. Great to see this back in the spotlight. The biggest thing people can do to help these pigs is go vegan.

  • Freeranger said on 2010-07-24 @ 13:03 NZDT: Report abusive post

    only to be replaced on the supermarket shelves by substandard imports

  • Freeranger said on 2010-07-24 @ 13:01 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Hi,whilst I do not approve of the cruelty, I have a problem with Safe condemning all farmers.In fact it is the outdoor piggeries that are feeling it the hardest when demand goes down. Most outdoor pork producers have higher costs and getter mortality but get the same price as indoor guys which is set by what processors can import from overseas, which is garanteed to be from stalls. So lets support kiwi farmers try to improve instead of running the outdoor piggeries out of business.

  • whiteheron said on 2010-07-24 @ 12:26 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Come on!! This is supposed to be NZ and this is not the NZ way of farming disgusting we should boycott all commercial pork products for 6 months and go back to buying from the local butcher who buys from local farms that have a good working ethic. Lets face it there are good healthy pig farms out there and scenes like this destroy their reputation as well.