Over the past year we have been working hard to get pigs in Warwick the facilities that they are entitled to under Queensland's welfare laws.
Our team recorded extensive evidence of pigs suffering from dehydration and heat stress, secured with the support of the Albert and Barbara Tucker Foundation, and presented it to Biosecurity Queensland. We then gathered further evidence and made further complaints when no changes were made, including a petition to the Minister for Agriculture.
All that hard work has finally paid off as we have just received confirmation that water is now available to pigs at this facility at all times, with a permanent water delivery system almost complete.
The stock and sales agent that runs this facility has been in business since 1889. In all that time pigs have never had the essential benefit of water to drink when they are thirsty. Until our team came along and with your support insisted that water, a mandatory requirement, be provided.
This is a huge victory for pigs, and we view this as a step in a staircase to a much better world for farmed animals.
Ten years ago we set out to forever change for the better the lives of farmed animals. Your support has allowed our team to deliver yet another win for creatures who simply want the right to exist with their friends and family.
Does this mean it’s OK to eat pork and bacon now?
* We had to report this to the Dept of Agriculture, and then report it again a second time, and then follow up multiple times, in order to get the problem fixed. And this is a public space. We have no way of knowing what abuse happens behind the huge gates of pig farms and slaughterhouses. We suspect though that if the industry breaks the law in plain sight, it may also be broken behind closed doors.
* Pigs are crammed into tiny pens while they grow with no access to fields, grass, sunshine or fresh air. They are forced to toilet where they live (which no pig ever chooses to do) and their mothers never have an opportunity to nurture, snuggle or play with them because they are locked behind bars.
* Pigs are some of our best friends. If you don’t believe us come visit the sanctuary pigs, young and old. Have a chat with them nose to snout while they tell you about their day and show you where the good roots are. We would never eat our friends.
A better world starts here. Thank you for taking this journey with us.