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Hogwood Factsheet

TESCO... Drop Hogwood Horror Farm! 

Since 2017, Viva! Campaigns have recorded a catalogue of cruelty at Hogwood Farm in Warwickshire, including extreme overcrowding; routine mutilation; cruel farrowing crates; sick and dying pigs abandoned in gangways; the dead left to rot amongst the living; painful lacerations from brutal assaults and live cannibalism.

Heart-breaking footage unveils abhorrent conditions that cannot be ignored – overcrowding, pigs covered in excreta, barren, filthy conditions, animals abandoned to die, and cannibalism. In difficult-to-watch scenes from 2018, one pig who had been dumped in a gangway with other sick animals was being eaten alive. The same callous abandoning of animals in need was filmed during Viva! Campaigns first investigation inside Hogwood in 2017 and again in 2019. 

You can watch the footage at viva.org.uk/hogwood

What Tesco has done so far … 

Shortly after the first investigation Viva! discovered that Hogwood supplies pig meat to Tesco. Despite the appalling conditions we revealed, Tesco refused to drop it as a supplier – reassuring customers that it takes animal welfare 'extremely seriously' and that it expects producers to meet 'stringent, industry-leading requirements'. 

It is clear, following our 2018 and 2019 investigations, that Tesco does NOT take animal welfare seriously and this company's failings shows that supermarket assurances are meaningless. 

A filthy Hogwood shed (July 2018) covered in dirt, excreta and festooned in cobwebsShockingly, in 2017, there were only 31 animal welfare convictions in Britain and these were mainly for 'visible animals'. In other words, sheep and cattle when outside. 

The government has consistently failed to respond to the findings of Viva! Campaigns and clearly doesn't take animal welfare seriously. 

Pig housing at Hogwood 

In Britain, around 4.9 million pigs are alive at any one time. (About 10 million pa are killed in the UK.) Most are factory farmed – in other words, crammed together in the smallest space possible. At Hogwood Farm, there are around 16,000 pigs crammed into filthy, barren pens or in crates. 

On factory farms, 'enrichment' may mean a hanging chain or football. This is insulting and cruel to pigs – who are naturally inquisitive and highly-intelligent animals that, in the wild, can roam several kilometres each night, rooting and exploring. 

Imprisoned mothers at Hogwood 

In the wild, sows build nests from twigs and leaves. At Hogwood Farm, mothers are crated on cold hard concrete or metal floors with no comfort. 'Farrowing crates' are small metal cages in which pregnant sows can be imprisoned for up to five weeks, twice a year. They are moved inside them a week before giving birth until their piglets are taken. And they are perfectly legal and commonly used. Mothers cannot even turn around in them.

A mother incarcerated in a farrowing crate on Hogwood farm 
A tiny dead piglet at Hogwood FarmBaby abuse at Hogwood

On British farms piglets are not only mutilated at only a day or two old, they are also weaned at just three to four weeks old. This is a psychological trauma to both mother and piglet. Filth, faeces and a lack of maternal care are the first experiences of newly-born piglets at Hogwood Farm.

A piglet being cannibalised at Hogwood FarmCannibalism at Hogwood

Inside Hogwood, one pig was being eaten alive. Her leg was bitten through. She was so dejected and in so much pain she did not even move, but even if she had there was nowhere to escape to. 

We also filmed another pig endure a brutal extended attack by her cellmates – being repeatedly bitten, trampled on and bullied, abandoned by workers and in need of medical attention. Attacks such as this are unheard of in the wild yet are increasingly widespread among factory farms like Hogwood, due to the lack of environmental enrichment the pigs are provided with.

Enough is enough. Tesco must ditch Hogwood Farm as a supplier!


Watch Viva!'s shocking undercover footage and find out what you can do at viva.org.uk/hogwood.  If you want to improve your health and save animals the answer is easy. Go vegan - or at least take steps in that direction. Try Viva!'s 30 Day Vegan for FREE: 30dayvegan.viva.org.uk 

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