Concerning the CTV show W5 depicting the abusive treatment of pigs at the Puratone Corp. farm in Manitoba, I was brought up on a mixed farm during the 1950s when every farm would have had a small herd of hogs. I know that they are sociable animals that would like to interact with each other.
I am not proposing that we can ever go back to that time. But during the ‘80s and ‘90s we had a number of modern, very efficiently and humanely run hog farms on P.E.I., owned by farmers who were directly involved in the care of the animals. We also had a modern, well-run slaughter facility.
But the government said our farms could not compete with the corporate-run farms owned by people who mostly never see these animals. This also applied to large slaughter facilities. Well, we all know how those are run now (think XL Foods in Alberta).
Within 10 miles of my farm, three very efficient hog operations now sit idle because supermarkets wanted the cheapest supply of meat. So as we check our flyers for the lowest prices, we should not shake our heads in disgust at the way these animals are being treated. We are all guilty.
Nine Mile Creek