A PETA video shows pigs allegedly in a B.C. farm.
The B.C. SPCA is investigating secret video allegedly taken at a Fraser Valley pig farm that shows dead and sick animals.Spokeswoman Marcie Moriarty said the organization received the video Tuesday afternoon from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She said PETA also told the SPCA the name of the alleged piggery and its location.She said the SPCA was asking PETA for more information around where the footage was taken, how, and at what time. Once it’s determined what parts of the video could be used as evidence, inspectors would seek to visit the location with a veterinarian expert in pigs.Moriarty said this video was different from the 2014 video taken secretly at a Fraser Valley cattle farm that led to a worker being jailed for cruelty. She said in that case the video showed people inflicting harm and was backed by notes and other proof on where and when the footage was taken.“Video evidence has to be very specific, and can be challenging,” Moriarty said.The latest investigation comes two months before the B.C. government passes a law that will force pig and other animal farmers to abide by the animal-rights standards outlined by the National Farm Care Council. Those rules will dictate pig farmers must create a herd health management program in consultation with a vet. Also, “all pigs must be examined daily for sickness and/or injury. Pigs that are sick, injured, in pain or suffering must be promptly treated or be euthanized, or if fit for human consumption, slaughtered.”The video shows several dead and dying piglets, pigs with large ulcers and sick pigs. Perhaps the most disturbing images are of pigs licking the body of a rotting pic in a large cage.In a prepared statement, Chad Goertzen, director of the B.C. Pork Producers Association, said some of the scenes from the video were concerning.“As soon as we saw the video, B.C. Pork arranged for a swine veterinarian to visit the farm to ensure national standards were continuing to be met,” Goertzen said.He said hog farmers adhere to Canadian Pork Excellence, an on-farm, food safety and animal welfare program that covers 96 per cent of Canadian hog production. He said Canadian farmers also follow biosecurity protocols to prevent the introduction of disease onto their farms.“The video was taken by a trespasser at night, it has been edited and lacks context and understanding, but some of the scenes are of concern,” Goertzen said.Jack Dewit, president of the B.C. Pork Producers Association, said people with concerns about hog farms should go immediately to the association, “rather than putting our farms and pig health at risk by entering our facilities directly and without our knowledge or permission.”Related
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