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Dead Piglet in Lane-way - According to Australian Pork Limited, 13% of piglets who are born alive on Australian pig farms die before reaching weaning age. They are either left to slowly perish due to birth defects, illness, injuries or are killed by staff.

The recommended 'euthanasia' method of piglets under weaning age is 'blunt force trauma'. This is described as;

Dead Piglet in Lane-way

According to Australian Pork Limited, 13% of piglets who are born alive on Australian pig farms die before reaching weaning age. They are either left to slowly perish due to birth defects, illness, injuries or are killed by staff.

The recommended 'euthanasia' method of piglets under weaning age is 'blunt force trauma'. This is described as;

"Trauma is a quick, firm blow to the top head over the brain. It is essential that the blow be administered accurately and with resolve to ensure euthanasia. The stockperson must be able to achieve euthanasia within a single blow to the head. The pig will usually show some muscle movements. The body often becomes extremely rigid followed by gradual relaxation. This is typically followed by involuntary kicking or paddling for a minute or two. If there is any doubt whether the pig is dead, the blow should be repeated. This method may be aesthetically objectionable to people administering and observing the method." - Australian Pork Limited, Care of a Compromised Pig.

"Stunning can render an animal unconscious; however, unconsciousness will occur only if a blow to the head is properly executed. If not performed correctly, various degrees of consciousness with concomitant pain will ensue. Stunning should only be conducted on pigs that are small enough to be easily controlled by the handler..." - Australian Pork Limited Fact Sheet- Euthanasia Methods and Decisions

"Blunt trauma to the head using a hammer or other suitable solid heavy object may be used to render unconscious small and easily controlled piglets (up to three weeks old provided they are less than 15 kg). The blow should be aimed at the centre of the forehead in the position indicated for frontal shooting. The unconscious piglet should then be immediately bled out to ensure death." Welfare of Pigs, Victorian Standards and Guidelines

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Uploaded: Mon 3 Jun 2019 by Bear Witness Australia
Captured: 2018
Location: SA, Australia
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