24 Feb Mum and Piglets First Day Outside
Our six piglets are now 7 weeks old and have doubled in size since they first arrived at the sanctuary at the beginning of February. They are all healthy, happy and have adjusted brilliantly to their new surroundings and yesterday was the first time mum and babies could go outside. It was a memorable experience to say the least and it was wonderful to watch them enjoying the fresh air, running around in the paddock and digging in the mud! Mum was thrilled to have a chance to stretch her legs and have a break from weaning as she wagged her tail and watched her babies chase each other around the grass.
In almost all cases of pig breeding these poor animals are kept intensively, confined to crowded, dirty conditions on slatted concrete floors without any straw for bedding. They have no stimulation or access to outdoors and will never experience fresh air or daylight.
We are so glad this will not be the case for this family of pigs and we wish we could save them all. But the only way to really prevent these helpless animals from suffering is to stop farming them all together. It is estimated that 1.3 billion pigs are slaughtered annually for meat worldwide and by reducing your meat consumption or stopping all together you alone could save hundreds of animals lives each year.