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Weaner Pen - This is a 'weaner pen'. Weaner pens are where piglets go after they are taken away from their mothers. They are housed in groups on either slatted floors, cement floors or a combination of both. Due to the density of the pigs in these pens there are always individuals living in their own waste non-stop. I watched pigs this night laying and sleeping in inches thick of faeces. They cuddled close to the others to keep warm as they were constantly wetted by the muck. Many had the mess all over their bodies, including on their mouths and faces. I can not even begin to imagine living these kind of filthy conditions. 

Although, what appeared to trouble them even more was their utter boredom. This is something that is not uncommon at farms and particularly pig farms due to their high cognitive ability. They fight due to frustration, and inevitably cause injuries to each other; face and rump lacerations are regularly seen. I have even found them to cannibalise each other. This kind of unfathomable mental anguish doesn't show as clearly as poor living conditions do, with only the peer induced injuries as an insight. But it is one of the greatest injustices to the animals that are imprison for meat production.

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Weaner Pen

This is a 'weaner pen'. Weaner pens are where piglets go after they are taken away from their mothers. They are housed in groups on either slatted floors, cement floors or a combination of both. Due to the density of the pigs in these pens there are always individuals living in their own waste non-stop. I watched pigs this night laying and sleeping in inches thick of faeces. They cuddled close to the others to keep warm as they were constantly wetted by the muck. Many had the mess all over their bodies, including on their mouths and faces. I can not even begin to imagine living these kind of filthy conditions.

Although, what appeared to trouble them even more was their utter boredom. This is something that is not uncommon at farms and particularly pig farms due to their high cognitive ability. They fight due to frustration, and inevitably cause injuries to each other; face and rump lacerations are regularly seen. I have even found them to cannibalise each other. This kind of unfathomable mental anguish doesn't show as clearly as poor living conditions do, with only the peer induced injuries as an insight. But it is one of the greatest injustices to the animals that are imprison for meat production.

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Uploaded: Sun 12 May 2019 by Bear Witness Australia
Captured: 2017
Location: VIC, Australia
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