Target: Isabel García Tejerina, Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Goal: Reform animal protection laws to ensure that the perpetrators of animal torture are properly punished.
Four employees of a Spanish pig farm are currently on trial after being accused of beating and even killing pregnant pigs. Shocking footage reportedly taken at the El Escobar pig farm in Murcia, Spain shows workers laughing as they inflict unimaginable pain on innocent animals, including hitting their heads with iron rods. Employees were caught on video pressing swords repeatedly into the sides of pregnant pigs, killing them, before removing piglets from the dead animals’ stomachs.
The shocking footage sees the men playing to the camera and flexing their muscles while writhing animals die below them. This disturbing footage led to the arrest of the four men who are currently on trial, facing several counts of animal cruelty. If convicted, each man could face up to a year in prison as well as a three-year ban on working with animals. While the prosecutor is seeking the harshest possible sentence, Spain’s tendency to suspend sentences under two years for first time offenders means that these men will likely never see the inside of a jail cell.
This unimaginable cruelty must be appropriately punished not only to ensure justice for these innocent animals, but to help deter potential abusers in the future. Lax punishments such as these will only serve to perpetuate the apparent notion that crimes against animals are not a big deal. Sign the petition below to ask that animal welfare laws in Spain are reformed in order to protect innocent animals from similar abuse in the future.
Dear Mrs. Tejerina,
Four factory farm workers are currently on trial after allegedly being caught on camera beating pigs with iron bars and stabbing them with swords. Video taken from a farm in Murcia shows the man laughing as they torture the pigs, even cutting a dead sow open to remove the live piglets inside her belly.
Because of Spanish laws, it’s likely that these men will receive a suspended sentence if convicted, meaning that they will never see the inside of a jail cell. In order to protect animals from this shocking abuse, it is imperative that animal welfare laws are reformed. We, the undersigned, demand that laws are changed to include harsher punishments for those who deliberately and maliciously torture animals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Nick Saltmarsh