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500,000 Pigs Abandoned in Chile

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Originally Posted: May 30, 2012

500,000 Pigs Abandoned in Chile

FROM Raw.info

ACTION

Please act now to urge Chilean leaders to listen to our calls for action. We must ensure the welfare of these pigs is treated as a priority and that local residents are securely protected from any pollution.

Tell Chilean leaders to urgently fix this crisis

Join us in urging Chilean leaders to take a stand against dangerous, unfair and dirty factory farming. Add your voice to the calls for change to help the pigs and people of Freirina and ensure this situation never happens again. 

Sign an online petition:
http://www.raw.info/agrosuper

And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Chilean Health Minister, Jaime MaƱalich
Chilean Minister of Agriculture, Luis Mayol
Chilean Environment Minister, Maria Ignacia Benitez
Ambassador Felipe Bulnes

c/o Embassy of Chile to the U.S.
732 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

General information: embassy@embassyofchile.org
Cultural Information: cultural@embassyofchile.org
Press information: eedwards@embassyofchile.org
Political information: irojas@embassyofchile.org
Economic: prochile@embassyofchile.org
Agriculture: agoffice@embassyofchile.org

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

From YahooNews
May 2012

Chile declared a health alert at a site where 500,000 pigs, abandoned by a slaughtering company, were dying in large numbers until authorities stepped in Tuesday.

Health Minister Jaime Manalich visited the plant in Freirina, 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Santiago in the parched Atacama region, and said that without food, water, cleaning or care the pigs had started to die.

The incident began when Freirina residents, angry about foul odor from the swine, held a march Thursday that culminated in riots. Demonstrators set two police cars on fire, and police arrested 23 protesters.

The angry locals closed access roads to the pig slaughtering site, and employees fled the plant.

"Because of the road closures from Thursday onward the animals have stopped receiving food, there is no sanitation, their waste is not being disposed of and we understand there is high mortality among the animals, particularly the young piglets," said Manalich.

Authorities declared a sanitary alert in the area and temporarily closed the plant, owned by the firm Agrosuper.

However by late Tuesday Manalich reached an agreement with protesters to end the road closure and allow Agrosuper workers to enter the plant and feed the swine.

Waste is overflowing at the plant's waste treatment unit, some animals have escaped their pens and others had died, the minister told local media.

The waste overflow could contaminate area drinking water "and could be a grave danger for the population," Manalich said.

Manalich said that authorities agreed to temporarily close down the plant.

Plant officials acknowledged problems in the slaughtering plant ventilation system that increased the foul odors.

 


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