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Splayed legged Piglet - 'Splayed legs' is a common ailment for piglets in farms.

It can be caused by a number of issues. Due to the confinement of the mother pig and the poor conditions in which she lives, each litter she is forced to have will have an increasing amount of still-born and deformed piglets.

When a piglet with splayed legs is born, the situation for him or her is worsened by the slippery flooring, which continues to keep their legs splayed. The more disabled the piglet becomes, the less able they are to reach their mother for feeding and sustenance, which again continues to worsen their condition.

Some farms 'treat' the piglets by taping their legs together, but most recommend killing them at birth- considered unworthy of the economic investment.

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Splayed legged Piglet

'Splayed legs' is a common ailment for piglets in farms.

It can be caused by a number of issues. Due to the confinement of the mother pig and the poor conditions in which she lives, each litter she is forced to have will have an increasing amount of still-born and deformed piglets.

When a piglet with splayed legs is born, the situation for him or her is worsened by the slippery flooring, which continues to keep their legs splayed. The more disabled the piglet becomes, the less able they are to reach their mother for feeding and sustenance, which again continues to worsen their condition.

Some farms 'treat' the piglets by taping their legs together, but most recommend killing them at birth- considered unworthy of the economic investment.

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Uploaded: Sun 12 May 2019 by Bear Witness Australia
Captured: 2016
Location: SA, Australia
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