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Investigation: Organic Farms Just as Cruel

Written by PETA | June 27, 2011

When Dutch animal rights group Ongehoord (“Unheard” in English) secretly filmed 26 pig farms in the Netherlands, it found that cruelty was just as prevalent on organic farms—and on those that labeled their meat with the misleading “Better Life” stamp from the Dutch SPCA—as it was on factory farms.

Video taken on a farm belonging to a supposed advocate of humane housing for pigs shows baby pigs left dying, a sick sow left unattended while suffering a miscarriage, a struggling pig who was unable to stand, and pigs as they cannibalize sick cratemates. Ongehoord says that its investigation proves that all types of farmers “create a false picture of the pig industry” and that there is still no such thing as “humane meat.”

On organic farms all over the world—including in the U.S.—pigs are crammed into feces-strewn pens, mutilated without being given any painkillers, and sent to slaughter in the same filthy slaughterhouses as factory-farmed pigs. However, the meat can still be called “organic” as long as the pigs were given organic feed and weren’t drugged.

Don’t be misled by deceptive marketing. The only meats that are truly cruelty-free are the delicious faux varieties.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Len says:

    I’d appreciate any thoughts on how to go mobile with this and other video footage. Typical body screens are too small for an impact. Any thoughts on how to get 20-30 inches of video on a body, for outreach?

  • ok this is bull says:

    I’m sorry but it is. I have seen the organic farms myself and there is no abuse what so ever. They remain free to roam outside all day. And i picked them up held them and there was no sign of beating at all. I’m vegetarian but milk and eggs from organic farms do not harm the animals. They like it! I saw them getting milked. and there not milked with steroids or machines. There milked by hand. Please stop realising bull statements

  • Rat King says:

    For this reason it is absolutely necessary for every upright animal lover to go veg! There is no humane killing in the world – and everyone pretending this is very ignorant! Don’t be afraid – I’m veg now for over 40 years and feel top! Just try it – give a meatfree diet a chance! There is an interesting website too:! I joined yesterday! Please feel free to do so everybody and you yourself – and the animals feel happy!

  • blanca says:

    When will this suffering stop.. I wish animals could speak and revolt against us and we are so in the wrong.

  • aznangel93 says:

    This makes me sick. I am not buying animal products anymore.

  • kathy says:

    A Whole Foods store I go to had a video in the meat department that was continuously running. It was showing images of animals enjoying themselves outside and had a voice-over saying how their meat is humane. It was really annoying because it’s a commercial with a serious PR spin on reality.

  • Wouter Berkouwer says:

    Makes me really sick and angry seeing this!! Its unacceptable for any creature to be treated like this!! It has to stop and end now! We have to speak and stand up for all the creatures who cant themself.