27 Aug Week Eight – Commercial Pigs
Common commercial pig breeds were introduced into Britain from China and Southwest Asia in the 18th and 19th century. The females can weigh up to 300kg and males up to 380kg.
They are highly sociable, sensitive, emotional and intelligent animals and studies have proven that pigs have long term memories and share many cognitive capacities with other highly intelligent species such as dogs, chimpanzees, elephants, dolphins and humans.
The natural life span of a pig would be between 10-15 years but factory farmed pigs reared for meat are sent off to slaughter at just 5 months old. When the time comes the pigs will be forced onto crammed trucks with no room to move, they are often terrified and will travel long journeys with little air and no food or water.