I tweeted a link to this earlier but tweets doesn’t have much longevity, and I think it deserves to be somewhere people can find it. Another undercover expose of cruelty at a pig farm.
I put down some written PQs last year about the fact that this Government won’t take out prosecutions on the basis of undercover footage (which has, technically, been illegally obtained) whereas the Labour government did. Or perhaps I wrote to the Minister instead; I couldn’t find the Qs online just now. That was in the wake of another story – sorry, yet another Daily Mail link! – about a Viva! investigation into the treatment of pigs at an abbattoir last summer.
The meat industry is keen to convince people that farmed animals are ‘happy’ – try a quick Google search for happy meat or happy pork… (can something that is dead be happy?) There were billboards up in my constituency a few months ago proclaiming its virtues. And people pay a premium price for such products.
I’m going to have another go at asking Paice whether he will act on this.