Stop Breeding Pigs to Death

Target: Henrik Studsgaard, Secretary of Denmark’s Ministry of Environment and Food

Goal: Revise rapid replacement breeding methods that prematurely end pigs’ lives.

Half a million sows face slaughter annually in Denmark: an estimated half of the country’s total pig population. Of these slaughtered sows, only about 15 percent will be killed because of sickness. Instead, the majority of pigs are seemingly put down because they can no longer pump out enough young piglets to satisfy Denmark’s profit-rich, welfare-impoverished pork market.

This market fuels the agriculture-driven economy of Denmark, and it is heavily subsidized by the government. These heavy investments have led to sows birthing as many as 35 piglets per year. While these numbers soar past global averages, they often prove devastating to the sows’ health and well-being.

Denmark also leads the way in sow mortality rates. Over 10 percent of the animals essentially either drop dead in their pigsties or must be euthanized because they are too incapacitated to function. Even when they do survive this grueling existence, slaughter still awaits the poor sows after they have given birth to two or three litters… and apparently outlived their usefulness. Perhaps worst of all, Denmark’s supposedly ‘superior’ methods for pig production are being ramped up and exported to other countries.

Sign this petition to urge government officials to honor their oath in making animal welfare a central part of this unforgiving, often abusive process.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Studsgaard,

“I am ready to welcome the aim of producing twice as many pigs in Denmark if we can handle both animal welfare and the environment.” The facts are clear: Denmark has not met the benchmark envisioned by your predecessor. Upwards of 500,000 sows lose their lives prematurely every year because of “fertility” or “mothering” issues. Thousands of others apparently drop dead from the wear and strain imposed on them. In regards to animal welfare, Denmark has not offered much in the way of “handling.”

The “rapid replacement” philosophy not only leaves hundreds of thousands of animals subject to unneeded slaughter, but it also undermines any claims of production efficiency. This country is summarily killing half its pig population every year. In many cases, you discard more than you produce. Humane breeding and production methods may hinder profits in the short-term, but long-term gains would make the commitment more than worthwhile.

Please end rapid replacement breeding and implement human standards for pigs, for the longevity of your agricultural sector and, more importantly, for the health and well-being of these living beings entrusted to your care.

Sincerely,

{Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Keith Weller


40 Comments

  1. Disgusting meat eating cretins.I have been vegan for in excess of 30 years.Become civilised.Animals have a right to live as much or more than their human counterparts.

  2. When all this bullshit will end??? So sad still a lot of humans eat meat!!!

  3. There truly is something rotten in the State of Denmark. This is just another example of why I NEVER eat pork products. The inhumane conditions in which these animals are kept, combined with their intelligence, turns my stomach. Many much healthier and delicious alternatives to pork exist, including excellent vegan options. The government of Denmark should consider why they it continues to prop up this moribund industry. The Danish pork industry is in decline because it no longer serves a legitimate public purpose. Denmark should let this industry die a natural death, and consider supporting growing industries like vegan substitutes.

  4. evelyne Hulme says:

    All this killing is just heartbreaking
    I stopped eating pork since 1977 andi feel the better for it.

  5. RENA VAN STEELE says:

    MAKES ME SICK WITH DISGUST AND DISTAIN. FREAKING SAVAGES WITH ABSOLUTELY NO COMPASSION WHAT SO EVER. MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY. I PERSONALY WANT EVERY ONE IN MANAGEMENT,..AND EVERY EMPLOYEE TO BRING THEIR GRANDMOTHER’S AND GRANDFATHERS,..SISTER’S AND BROTHER’S,..AND BRING ALL THE CHILDREN ESPECIALLY TO SIT IN THE SLAUGHTER HOUSE AND …..WATCH THE HORROR,…SMELL THE FEAR AND BLOOD,..AND I WANT THEM UP FRONT AND VERY CLOSE TO THE ACTION. AND THEN I WANT THEM TO SELL THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHAT MOMMY AND DADDY DOES TO THESE ANIMALS AND THAT …..THEY……ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS HORROR. WITH NO MERCY,…..THOSE CHILDREN WILL BE SO PROUD OF THEIR MOMMY AND DADDIES…………………..THIS IS WHAT THEY DESERVE.

    • that is an excellent idea!!! needs to happen!!! well said! so true 🙁 🙁 it’s so disgusting what some humans have done and evil! so cruel and greedy and foul! 🙁 🙁 & selfish!! I ate ‘bacon’ once many many yrs ago thought gross. been vegetarian over 20 yrs and vegan 6

  6. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein

  7. The more new EVIL exposed each & every day regarding cruelty to Animals, the more I KNOW we must rally & force the PSYCHOS to BAN their heinous methods — HOW do we STOP this horror against Animals? — solution : GO VEGAN — GO VEGAN — WHAT KIND of Society would allow such torturous suffering to Animals —- YET, there they are — continuing with their unconscionable, depraved torment to Animals — I want to hurl — again, GO VEGAN — GO VEGAN.

  8. To bring a life into existence for the sole purpose of killing them sounds like an act of PSYCHOPATHY. We call it FARMING!!

  9. Shelly Blazich says:

    NATURE IS CRUEL BY DESIGN. HUMANS ARE CRUEL BY CHOICE!

  10. Henrik Studsgaard, Secretary of Denmark’s Ministry of Environment and Food

    Revise rapid replacement breeding methods that prematurely end pigs’ lives.

    Half a million sows face slaughter annually in Denmark: an estimated half of the country’s total pig population. Of these slaughtered sows, only about 15 percent will be killed because of sickness. Instead, the majority of pigs are seemingly put down because they can no longer pump out enough young piglets to satisfy Denmark’s profit-rich, welfare-impoverished pork market.

  11. Agree all comments

  12. GLUTTON HUMANS YOU DON’T HAVE TO EAT PIGS–BE A VEGETARIAN–HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE CANCERS/ARTHRITIS??–THE SOULS OF ALL SLAUGHTERED ANIMALS CRY ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES..NO PIG EATING ==NO PIG BREEDING AND INHUMANE PRACTICES AND SUFFERING FOR THESE INTELLIGENT BEINGS.

  13. Janet Garraghan says:

    Greedy, selfish, cruel, evil monsters! Despicable excuses for human beings!

  14. FILTHY EVIL SCUM!!!! HOPE THEY FUCKING CHOKE TO DEATH!!!!
    SCUM OF THE EARTH SUB HUMAN TRASH!!! THEY ALL NEED SLAUGHTERING!!!! THEY ARE A CANCER TO ALL ANIMALS & THIS DYING PLANET!!!
    R.I.P ALL ANIMALS XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  15. Maria Bertrand says:

    DISGUSTING! ONLY SOULLESS MONSTERS WOULD CONDONE TREATING LITTLE PIGS IN THESE BARBARIC WAYS! THEY HAVE THEIR RIGHTS TO LIVE AND LIVE HAPPY, FULFILLED AND CONTENT. BREED YOURSELVES IN SUCH DESPICABLE FASHION.

    COME INTO THE MODERN AGE !!!!!

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