An Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery Presentation from All-Creatures.org
This all creatures animal exploitation photo gallery about Pigs is being
presented to show the public the difference between the cute animals we
see in advertising and picture in our minds and the reality that exists in the
Table of Contents
| Farrowing Crates
| Factory Farming
| Gestation Crates
| Transportation |
(Pig Exploitation - Gestation Crates - 01
There is no liberty, or freedom, or joy for farmed pigs; there is only misery
from the day they are born to the day they die. Female pigs used for breeding
(called 'breeding sows' by industry) are confined most of their lives in
'gestation crates' which are so small that they cannot even turn around.
The pigs' basic needs are denied, and they experience severe physical and
psychological disorders. They don't even have enough room to lie down in a
(Pig Exploitation - Gestation Crates - 02
This female pig is attempting to escape from the severe confinement of her
gestation crate. There are also noticeable abrasions above her eyes
from rubbing her head against the bars. Her life is no different than
ours would be if we were forced to live in a coffin all our lives. It
is living hell!
(Pig Exploitation - Gestation Crates - 03
These prison cells are called gestation crates because the pigs in them are
pregnant. Approximately three times a year they are raped by the
"farmers" to artificially inseminate them.
(Pig Exploitation - Gestation Crates - 04
Pigs are very intelligent and sensitive beings. Any human being who
could knowingly and willfully inflict such suffering upon them, can only be
described as evil.
(Pig Exploitation - Gestation Crates - 05
This factory farming operation utilizes partially open gestation "stalls" in
which the pigs are secured by their heads and necks so that they cannot even
turn around. All they can do is stand up and lie down with their legs
under them. The slotted floor allows urine and feces to be forced town
to the sub-floor below. The fumes and odors are atrocious. To
understand how these pigs feel, imagine yourself living in these conditions.
Then stop eating pork, ham, bacon, and other products made from pig body parts.
(Pig Exploitation - Gestation Crates - 06
In this factory farming operation, the pregnant pigs are totally enclosed in
these extremely cramped crates. Any human woman who has been pregnant
knows how uncomfortable pregnancy can be, and how torturous it would be to
be unable to change her position, forced to suffer day in and day out all
her life, as these pigs are. To treat any living being this way is evil.
(Pig Exploitation - Gestation Crates - 07
There is never any relief for these suffering pigs. They exist in
these cruel conditions every moment of every day during their lives of
continual pregnancies. This cruelty must stop! Don't support the
meat industry! Don't eat animals!
(Pig Exploitation - Gestation Crates - 08
This is a view of the rear of the gestation crates, which seem to go on and
on in never-ending rows of suffering. The only way this suffering will
end is if humans say "No!" to eating these animals and their children.
(Pig Exploitation - Gestation Crates - 09
Day and night, there is no end to their suffering, and they never get to
enjoy the good earth that God created for them. We are always reminded
of the message in Proverbs 12:10 which describes the depravity of the humans
who cause this suffering: "A righteous man has regard for the life of his
animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
(Pig Exploitation - Gestation Crates - 10
) Row upon row upon row of confined,
frustrated, tortured sows, bred and born to produce piglets for
people who are determined to eat other beings. The specific
location of this "farm" is unfortunately of no importance. This
is "standard agricultural practice" all over the world.
(Pig Exploitation - Farrowing Crates - 01
When a pig is ready to give birth to her children, she is moved to a
"farrowing crate", which has a second attached cell for her babies.
She suffers even while giving birth and nursing her young.
(Pig Exploitation - Farrowing Crate - 02
) A female pig is allowed to nurse her babies
for only two to three weeks before being reimpregnated and having her babies
stolen from her. This is all done for the love of money; and, as the
Bible correctly says, it is the root of all sorts of evil (1 Timothy 6:10),
as we can plainly see.
(Pig Exploitation - Farrowing Crates - 03
Every one of the prison cells in this concentration camp is occupied by a
pig giving birth or nursing her young. This aberration of God's
creation intent has to stop. Every time a person eats ham or pork or
bacon, he or she is contributing to the pain and suffering of these pigs.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 01
After young pigs are stolen from their mothers, they are brought to another
concentration camp like this one with its concrete floor and steel bars.
They never get to walk on a grassy field or feel the coolness of a mud
puddle. They just live in misery.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 02
At this factory farm, these two young pigs died before reaching six months
of age, when they would normally be slaughtered. That's right.
They slaughter babies for human food. They even leave these dead pigs
in plain sight of the other pigs, which increases their stress.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 03
Look at the expression on these little pigs' faces. They seek a little
love and compassion from the photographer, even though other human beings
have mistreated them. The only way we can show them the
loving-kindness they seek is for humans to stop eating them.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 04
) Pigs who are raised on factory
farms, like these, are confined in metal and
concrete pens with hard slatted flooring. They live here until they reach slaughter
weight of 250 pounds at six months of age. Please have some
compassion for these fellow living souls! Don't eat them! Tell
other people why you're no longer eating pork, ham, bacon, and other
products that come from animals.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 05
With so many plant foods available to us, why do so many people insist on
eating animals and causing so much suffering and death? "Let no animal
die that we may live!"
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 06
Pen after over-crowded pen of sensitive young pigs fill this factory farm
building. Imagine the utter frustration that the pig who is chewing on
the bar must be feeling. Just because some humans have the power to
treat animals so inhumanely is no excuse for doing it and for causing so
much pain and suffering.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 07
It is not normal for a happy and healthy pig to chew on a metal bar.
It is a sign of his or her mental anguish over being confined in these
horrendously cruel conditions.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 08
These little pigs were born in a factory farm prison. They were nursed
in prison. And when they were taken away from their mothers, they were
placed in their own jail cells. Yet even in the midst of this cruelty, they
reach out with love toward humans, only seeking to be loved in return.
They know what it means to truly love your neighbor. Why is this
concept so hard for most humans to understand?
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 09
) Take a really good look at the utter despair of the
two pigs who are biting the metal bar, and the plea for mercy on the face of the other pig. Look
into their faces and eyes and "see" their souls. They're no different
from those of our companion cats and dogs. And, if we wouldn't
consider eating our companion cats and dogs, we shouldn't eat them either.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 10
a human being could devise a torture chamber like this one, where a pig is kept
so confined that she can't even scratch herself. It's for reasons like
this, that we stopped eating any animals or their by-products. Please
do the same as a protest against this cruel industry.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 11
When we look into this prison cell crowded with young pigs, we can't help
but think of how most little human children want to make friends with young
animals, pet them, and love them, just as in Isaiah's prophecy of the
peaceable kingdom (Isaiah 11:6-9). However, sometime in their early
lives most of these same children are taught to change their love of a
fellow living soul into a love for ham and bacon. Instead of being
filled with these animals' love, they are filled with their corpses.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 12
This dead pig was dragged from his or her crowded prison cell and dumped in
the aisle. We have learned that the primary causes of premature death
are: over-crowded conditions that promote the spread of disease and ammonia
fumes, from urine and feces, that injure the pigs' lungs.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 13
) The pig in the
foreground is suffering from an untreated rupture. Since money is of primary
concern to pig farmers and individual medical care costs more than the pig
is worth, they let conditions like this go untreated. The skinniness of the
pig is an indication of his or her suffering. We need to put a stop to this
inhumanity. We need to stop eating animals!
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 14
This is another photo of a typical factory farm building for raising young
pigs in inhumanely close confinement until they are six months of age, when
they are sent to slaughter.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 15
It appears that this factory farm is in the process of "re-stocking" their
pens. While the pigs are still quite young, they have a little space
in which to move around. As they get older and grow, they get crowded
close together. However, at no time do they get to go outside and
enjoy the world that God created for them.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 16
The pigs in this photo are covered with their own feces from being forced to
lie down in it. Pigs, who have the freedom to go out in a pasture,
usually keep themselves quite clean; and they never defecate where they sleep.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 17
One of the pigs in this filthy environment has died, or is near death.
Such losses are considered part of doing business at the lowest possible
cost. Every time a person eats pork, ham, or bacon, he or she
contributes to this depraved indifference to life.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 18
Most of these factory farming concentration camps have several buildings
where they inhumanely confine the pigs. Being able to see a part of
God's green earth, but never being able to go out and enjoy it, seems, to
us, a form of psychological torture.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 19
The only way we could possibly begin to feel what these pigs are forced to
suffer is to imagine ourselves in their position. We would be confined
in a pen with twenty-five or so other people, and no toilet facilities.
We would be forced to urinate and defecate on the floor. Soon there
would be no clean space, and we would be forced to lie down in each other's
poop and pee. This would go on for months.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 19-a
Unable to move or stand on her own, this pig has been left to die. Her gaunt body indicates that she is starving to
death. When pigs who are unable to walk (called "downers") arrive at the
slaughterhouse, they have no protection from the most unthinkable cruelty.
These sick and injured animals will be kicked, shocked with electric prods,
and finally dragged off the trucks to their deaths.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 21
Here is another look at this fallen pig, whose friends are pleading for
help. The farmers seem to be deaf to their cries. Hopefully, we
can hear them. Pork, ham and bacon are not worth this kind of pain and suffering!
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 22
We find it amazing that these pigs keep looking toward the photographer with
expressions of hope. Humans have caused their misery, yet they seem to
understand that other humans can end their suffering. Are you one of them?
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 24-a
"Dead piles" are a constant presence in factory farms. While pigs are fed
massive amounts of antibiotics to keep them alive in conditions that would
otherwise kill them, hundreds of thousands succumb to the stress of violent
mutilations and intensive confinement. Dead pigs are sent to rendering
plants, where they are made into dog and cat food or into feed that will be
given to pigs, chickens, and other farmed animals.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 25
Every time we look into the faces of farmed animals, like these two pigs,
it's almost as though we can "hear" their haunting questions:
"Can you help us? Why are they doing this to us? When is it going to stop?"
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 26
This is another look inside a pig factory farming building, with dead pigs
lying in the aisle. There is no compassion; there is only suffering,
death, and the love of money.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 27
We believe that as long as we abuse our power over animals (as these animal
exploitation photo journals attest), we will continue to find excuses for
abusing our power over our fellow human beings, and we will not have peace
in this world.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 28
This is a photo of another dead pig lying in the aisle. Every time we
see such barbarity, we can't help but come to the conclusion that to these
farmers, he or she is just a statistical loss, a part of doing business.
There is no compassion! There is no feeling of remorse - except for a loss of money.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 29
This is another picture of the pig with the rupture, standing on the hard
slatted concrete floor. Her floor is covered with feces and urine,
because only a portion of it falls through the cracks. However, it
appears that 100% of mercy and compassion has "fallen through the cracks."
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 30
A pig does not get this thin overnight. Obviously, she has been
suffering with this problem for a fairly long time. We have heard
factory farmers say that they love their pigs, and have seen them weep for
them when they died in a flood. We find it nearly impossible to
believe them, and can only conclude that all they love is money; and all
they mourn is the loss of money that the pigs represent!
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 31
These factory farmed pigs have no choice but to lie down in each others dung
and urine. We hear talk in Christian circles about a fear of hell, yet
some of these same people create a hell for others. We cannot help but
wonder what will happen to these people when they come before our just God.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 32
Based upon the size of the dead pig in the aisle, we believe that it was
"thumped" to death. "Thumping" is an industry term for grabbing a "runt"
by the hind legs and swinging it up over the farmers head and then
with as much force as possible, slamming the back of the pig's head against the floor.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 33
We believe that thumping a pig to death is a form of murder for hire.
For the sake of a few extra dollars in profits, the owner of the farm has a
worker kill a "runt", so that they won't "waste" any more food on it.
Furthermore, they compound this "crime" against God by killing the piggy in
front of the other pigs and leaving it lie around until it's convenient to
take it away. We really hope people begin to think about these things
every time they consider putting an animal's flesh or by-product on their plates.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 35
This is a photo of a "sea" of misery which seems to go on forever. In
this building there is no mercy, no compassion, and no comfort for these
pigs. Isn't it time that human beings begin to have some compassion
for other living souls, and show some mercy by not eating them? We believe it is!
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 36
As the two dead pigs testify, death is a common occurrence on these factory
farms. It is not mourned. It is considered only a statistical loss
on the farmer's balance sheet.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 37
These are really cute little piggies, aren't they? Do you know what is
done to them? 90% of male pigs are castrated before they are weaned.
Many have their ears notched when they are 3-days old. 80% have their
tails docked. Many have their eight sharp teeth cut when they are 24
hours old. We can also sense the degree of mercy and compassion of
these factory farmers by the fact that they perform these mutilations
without any anesthesia. Every person who eats pork, ham, bacon, or any
other pork product participates in these cruel mutilations by providing a
demand for more piggies to torture.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 39
This is another video still of the screaming and struggling baby pig.
In addition to having their tails cut off, baby pigs have to suffer having
their teeth clipped and their ears trimmed without anesthesia. Rightly
so, does the Bible teach us that the compassion of the wicked is cruel (Proverbs 12:10).
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 40
A sow with an open sore on her nose from an apparent beating with a metal gate
rod. Her whole life is about being confined, being impregnated, giving birth
to piglets she only sees for a few days, being beaten when she doesn't "obey" immediately.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 41
Workers hold sick or injured piglets' by their back legs
and slam their heads on the floor rather than ever consider any kind of
treatment or care. Oftentimes they do not die immediately but are tossed
into a bin with other dead or dying piglets.
(Pig Exploitation - Factory Farming - 42
One employee sprayed paint—for over 30 seconds—into
the nostrils of a nursing sow. Just another example of dominance and cruelty
tolerated by businesses whose profits are derived from providing cheap "food" for people.
(Pig Exploitation - Transporting - 01
The body of a hog, who died in transit, is being hoisted into the back of a
rendering company's truck. Such animal bodies are ground up and used in animal feed,
fertilizer, and other rendered products.
(Pig Exploitation - Transporting - 02
These are the bodies of two pigs who died in transit to a slaughterhouse. To
better understand that the love of money is the root of this evil, please
read the following quote from Lancaster Farming (October 27, 1990)-- "Death
losses during transport are too high--amounting to more than $8 million per year.
But it doesn't take a lot of imagination to figure out why we load as many hogs on a truck as we do. It's cheaper...
Even with a zero death rate that might be associated with providing more
space on the truck, the hogs we save would not be enough to pay for the
increased transportation costs of hauling fewer hogs on a load."
(Pig Exploitation - Transporting - 03
In her book, Slaughterhouse
, Gail Eisnitz described the
transporting of pigs to slaughter on frigid winter days, and the actual
freezing of some pigs to the side of the truck. Upon arrival at the
slaughterhouse they are pulled loose, leaving chunks of flesh behind.
We believe that is what happened to this pig.
(Pig Exploitation - Transporting - 04
Instead of humanely euthanizing this pig before removing him or her from the
truck, he or she was brutally ripped from the truck and and left to die a
slow agonizing death.
(Pig Exploitation - Transportation - 05
This pig did not get off the truck when it arrived at the
slaughterhouse, so these workers pushed him or her head first off the second
tier, a drop of about 4-5 feet. The cruelty in the meat industry seems
to know no end!
(Pig Exploitation - Transportation - 06
In 2004, a transport truck owned by Smithfield Foods and loaded with 180
pigs flipped over in Virginia. Many pigs were killed in the accident, while
others lay along the roadside, injured and dying. PETA officials arrived on
the scene and offered to humanely euthanize the injured animals, but
Smithfield refused to allow the suffering animals a humane death because the
company could not legally sell the flesh of animals who had been euthanized.
Similar accidents involving animal transport trucks occur almost every day.
After an accident in April 2005, Smithfield spokesperson Jerry Hostetter
told one reporter, "I hate to admit it, but it happens all the time."
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 01
These are pigs in a holding pen waiting to be killed in the adjacent
slaughterhouse. They were all dead within a few hours after this photo was taken.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 02
This is another look at the holding pen at the slaughterhouse. Left
behind is a dead pig (right) and a "downer" pig who is too sick to walk.
Typically the downer pig would be left to die if they couldn't get it to
walk to his or her slaughter. When a business is based on killing,
there can be no compassion or mourning. Won't you please mourn for
them and the millions of other animals who suffer and die each day? If
your sorrow is true, you'll stop eating them, too.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 2a
A worker cuts the pigs' throats and drains their blood. In many
slaughterhouses, other terrified animals watch as the pigs further up in the
line have their throats slit and are dunked into tanks of scalding-hot
water. One slaughterhouse worker explains, "Bad-sticks [pigs whose necks
weren't cut deep enough to open the veins] usually don't have enough time to
bleed out. They end up drowning in the scalding tank before they ever bleed to death."
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 03
) This and
the following 14 photos were taken inside a small slaughterhouse where only
one animal is killed and butchered at a time. It is a far cry from the
unbelievable horror of an assembly line slaughterhouse where thousands of
pigs are "processed" each day. This pig is entering the "stunbox."
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 04
We believe that this pig has been stunned with a captive bolt gun, which
fires a steel pin into the pigs brain to render it unconscious. To
kill another living soul requires the person to harden his or her heart
toward feeling for that animal, and his or her God-given desire to live and
enjoy life just as much as we do.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 05
The next step in this slaughtering process was to hoist up the still living
pig by one leg and weigh it. We have been informed that in the
assembly line operations, about 5% of the pigs hoisted up this way are still
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 06
The pig is then "stuck" in the neck and the pig's blood and life begins to
drain away. A stream of blood can be seen running out of the pig's
neck and into the barrel.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 10
The smaller pigs are laid on this rack for butchering. In the assembly line
slaughterhouses, pigs are butchered while still hanging.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 11
This woman is slitting open the pig's belly so she can take out the inner
organs. It's one of the pleasures of the killing business!
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 17
This pig has now been split into two sides. We hope that this little
tour of a slaughtering operation will help people really think about what
they put on their plates, and what is really behind the neat plastic-wrapped
packages of meat in the market.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 18
These pigs are being dumped down a shoot on to the killing room floor.
Some are still fully conscious and are struggling. We have seen no
compassion in this industry. There is only the inflicting of fear, pain and death.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 19
In the background of this killing room video still, a pig that struggled
loose from the hanging shackles can be seen struggling to get to his or her
feet. In our opinion, there is no such thing as humane slaughter, and
everyone who eats their flesh or wears their skin becomes a party to the
inflicting of this pain and suffering.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 20
These pigs are still fully conscious and struggling. The man with the
knife had to repeatedly step back to avoid being kicked. Finally, he
is able to grab a foreleg and stab the pig. The cruelty we have viewed
in slaughterhouses is beyond belief.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 21)
While the pig in the foreground is bleeding out, the next pig hanging upside
down on the line is struggling violently and screaming, causing the
slaughterer to step back out of view. So much for the myth that these
animals are unconscious!
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 22)
This is another video still of the pig struggling to get free of the very
painful chain that is holding him or her upside down by one leg on the
conveyer line. From the movement and the cries, it is obvious that
this pig is fully conscious.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 23)
This is another video still of the violent struggling of this pig to be free
from his or her fear and suffering. We cannot understand how anyone
who believes in God could allow, and contribute to, this pain and suffering.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 24)
In this video still, this fully conscious pig's violent
struggling to be free, causes the chain that is holding the pig upside down
to jump on the conveyer line.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 25)
In this video still, the struggling pig's overhead shackles came loose and
he or she fell to the blood covered floor with a horrible thud.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 26)
In this video still the pig can be seen struggling in the blood in the blood
on the floor. How can humans allow this to happen and still consider
themselves to be humane?
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 27)
The pig continues to struggle in the blood covered floor.
Don't contribute to these atrocities. Don't eat or wear animal products.
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 28)
Because of the fear caused by "swine flu" in the spring of 2009, Egypt
became the only country in the world that decided to slaughter all 300,000
of the pigs, raised in this Muslim country for the Christian minority. The
culling was some of the most brutal treatment of "farmed" animals we have
ever seen. Pigs and piglets were loaded 5 or 10 a time onto a front loader,
that then dumped its cargo into a dump truck with one or two or four layers
of previously dumped animals. Suffocating, broken bones, abject terror for
all of them. Over and over again until the dump truck was filled to the
brim, when the pigs were then transported to mass graves (see
Pig-Slaughter-29). Going vegan is the ONLY way for human beings to end these
(Pig Exploitation - Slaughter - 29)
After the horrific, debilitating loading of the pigs into dump trucks (see
Pig-Slaughter-28), they were taken to
mass graves where they were covered in caustic chemicals before being
buried. Media reports tell of the pigs screaming at the pain of the
chemicals for half hour or more before they are dead. This is the intended
fate of all of Egypt’s 300,000 pigs. And in case you might be wondering...in
the United States, hundreds of thousands of pigs are killed each and every
hour to be turned into bacon or ribs or chops. Go Vegan!
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