A truck hauling live pigs overturned in Córdoba, Argentina, on March 28. Some of the animals died in terror and agony. Both the dead and the living were dragged away by a crowd of people who did nothing to help the traumatized survivors. The cries and screams of these pigs will haunt you.
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Estan todos identificados! Son vecinos y conocidos. Estan filmados por policias, y no me vengas con que el fiscal no va a actuar! La #justicia debe intervenir! Esto no es hambre, esto es delincuencia 😡#Cordoba #Cerdo #VerguenzaNacional #URGENTE pic.twitter.com/GdaxCIhMJd
— Maxi Acosta (@maxiacosta5036) March 29, 2022
Wrecks like this one are common—including in the U.S., where roughly 100 truck crashes involving animals en route to slaughter occur every year. These wrecks leave animals mangled and bloody, sometimes with their intestines hanging from their anuses. Some are killed on impact, while others are left to languish for hours, crying out from overturned trailers. And even when trucks don’t overturn, animals used for food suffer immensely. At slaughterhouses, they are hung upside down and bled to death, often while they’re still conscious.
Pigs used for food are put through hell.
Before they’re killed, pigs are kept in cramped, filthy conditions and denied everything that’s natural and important to them.
Pregnant pigs are confined to metal gestation crates so small that they can’t turn around or take a single step in any direction. Their piglets are taken from them when they’re as young as 10 days old and packed into pens to be raised for breeding or meat. Baby pigs’ tails are usually chopped off, their teeth are often clipped, their ears are mutilated, and males’ testicles may be cut off—all without any pain relief.
After their piglets are taken away, the grieving mothers are forcibly impregnated again. This cycle continues for three or four years, until the mother pigs are also slaughtered.
Pigs are friendly, inquisitive animals who feel pain and suffer just as much as dogs, cats, and other animals.
It’s cruel and speciesist—a form of discrimination based on species—to claim that certain animals should be treated with love and kindness while others can be killed and eaten. If these pigs’ screams and terrifying last moments are haunting you, please leave the flesh of pigs and all other animals off your plate. The easiest way to help animals and prevent suffering is to choose plant-based foods over pork and other meat, eggs, and dairy. Discover some of the mouthwatering vegan pork options available on grocery store shelves today, and order a free vegan starter kit with recipes and tips: