Pig farm horror in Murcia

TV documentary exposes underbelly of country’s pork industry

Pigs at the Murcia farm were shown suffering hideous deformities and wounds

By Richard Torné

A prime-time documentary aired on Spanish TV at the weekend which included harrowing scenes of abuses at a Murcia pig farm has sparked a public outcry about Spain’s lucrative meat industry.

The ‘Stranger Pigs’ documentary on working conditions and animal welfare in pig farms was part of the ‘Salvados’ current affairs show on La Sexta channel.

Undercover film footage taken last September at the Hermanos Carrasco farm, which is run by a subsidiary of El Pozo, one of Spain’s most famous cold meat brands, showed pigs with hideous deformities, broken bones and gaping sores.

Many were standing in pools of excrement, and a number of dead animals were shown in pens or rotting away in plastic bins.

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