Please support our Pig In Hell campaign by sending this
sample letter to your local newspapers Letters to the
Editor page. Feel free to amend it but please mention
Viva!s name and address so we can bring others into
the campaign. Remember to send your name and address to
here for a list of local newspapers email addresses
Dear Letters to the Editor
Pig farmers may try to have us believe that they meet high welfare standards but this is far from the truth. I’m a supporter of Viva!, the animal and vegetarian
campaigning organisation, and over the past year they have filmed inside dozens of British pig farms. Everywhere they pointed the camera they found diseased, dead and dying animals.
In almost every enclosure were the products of brutal neglect and indifference - dead and rotting piglets alongside living siblings; sows with open, festering sores imprisoned in metal crates; pigs coated in their own faeces with filthy, wet concrete on which to sleep; crippled piglets dragging themselves around, unable to walk.
Ninety per cent of Britain's pig producers claim to follow a code of practice on animal welfare - yet more than 90 per cent of pigs killed for meat are factory farmed. They are kept in overcrowded, often filthy conditions with nothing to alleviate their frustration and boredom. They are given drugs from the day they are born to stop the spread of disease, which is rife in these intensive conditions. If Britain has the highest standards of welfare in the world I would hate to see the worst.
Whinging pig farmers do not deserve to receive any special treatment to save their livelihoods. No other industry receives financial backing from the government through tax payers money, why should they be any different?
The single biggest cause of animal abuse is modern farming. It is up to the public to force changes in British agriculture and to stop the cruelty. Each of us can make a difference - just by going vegetarian. Don’t buy bacon, pork or ham - it is almost certainly from a factory farm.
For a free pack on stopping cruelty and going vegetarian contact: Viva!, 8 York Court, Wilder St, Bristol, BS2 8QH. Tel: 0117 944 1000.