Animal Equality's investigation spanned from December 2011 to January 2012. An undercover investigator worked at two different sites for a total of 29 days:
Little Thorns Weaner Unit (6 Dec 2011 - 16 Dec 2011)
This is a weaner unit, with approximately 8,000 to 10,000 pigs on site. At Little Thorns, the pigs were bred outdoors in six sheds for a period of 6 to 8 weeks, before being sent to the finishing units.
Didlington, The Piggery (20 Dec 2011 - 6 Jan 2012)
This is a breeding unit, with 3,000 pigs on site and over 700 female pigs. The pigs are raised outdoors, and fattened indoors. Over 300 pigs are sent to the slaughterhouse from this facility each week.
Animal Equality proves once again that, regardless of whether a farm is labeled as being ‘higher welfare’, ‘Quality Assured’ or monitored by the RSPCA, there exists pain, suffering and exploitation on a huge scale.