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Activists Take Self Guided Tour of Pig Factory Farm

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"Nothing I had read or seen could have led me to imagine how horrific this pig farm was. The noise and being surrounded by huge animals separated from you by a few bars at times overwhelmed all other senses and I found I had to block out the suffering of individual pigs to be able to move throughout the sheds." - an activist on the farm tour.

In Aotearoa there are over 350,000 pigs on factory farms; most destined to be eaten. They live in filthy crammed conditions, unable to display of their natural behaviours such as foraging, nesting, forming hierarchies and in many cases even turning around. In 2005 over 750,000 pigs were slaughtered for their flesh. This is hard to believe and something we had to see for ourselves. [More]

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Re: Activists Take Self Guided Tour of Pig Factory Farm

This is similiar to Open Rescue isnt it? except not as professional looking

Re: Activists Take Self Guided Tour of Pig Factory Farm

A bit i guess but really they are about different things.

Open Rescue is about rescuing animals and documenting and exposing cruelty but it only really involves a small number of people (because of course it has a different purpose and is better for the saftey of the animals) where as the farm tours are more like a practical hands on alternative to a film screening.

Eventually we would like to be taking out about 20 people and showing people what factory farms are like first hand rather than say showing a film about it.

This is also why it is not really safe to take animals. There is probably more chance of getting caught with the animals and also less chance of keeping the animals 'safe' home safe. And naturally if the animals were found they could be taken back.

Additionally taking animals means that everyone has to be comfortable with that and thus precludes those who are not from coming. The more inclusive the tours are the wider the message can be and hopefully it will go a long way to changing the minds of those who do not think that people should liberate animals from farms or that they could not do it themselves.

Over time we will be able to build up the numbers of people coming and if those people can then feel more passionate about the issue then they will be better advocates for the animals.

And if people also become more comfortable on farms over time and wish to develop an Open Rescue or ALF cell because of it and do more for the animals I am sure the animals wont complain.

Re: Activists Take Self Guided Tour of Pig Factory Farm

"unable to display their natural behaviours such as ... forming hierachies"

hang on a minute.

Do we really want to encourage that sort of behaviour in any life form?

Re: Activists Take Self Guided Tour of Pig Factory Farm

good idea!!

Re: Activists Take Self Guided Tour of Pig Factory Farm

I love you!

Re: Activists Take Self Guided Tour of Pig Factory Farm

was clint rickards there?

Re: Activists Take Self Guided Tour of Pig Factory Farm

Bacon and eggs! yum!

Re: Activists Take Self Guided Tour of Pig Factory Farm

so far open rescue new zealand has shown about 60 people inside factory farms. what is the point of what you are doing? why not fill a new niche instead of bandwagon jumping