Response to the opening of Fair Oaks Farms Pig Adventure
Fair Oaks Farms in Northwest Indiana is set to open a new facility to give the public a glimpse inside its pig farming operation. By now, the word is getting out about the horrible treatment of animals in the food production system. By opening this facility, Fair Oaks’ goal is to alleviate people’s fears about the cruel methods in which farmed animals are treated.
It seems that Fair Oaks wants the public to see the cleanliness of its facility and that the way its animals are treated looks quite different than the many undercover videos which document the abuses of farmed animals. Fair Oaks’ own website says this is the equivalent of “a Disney-like adventure”.
But make no mistake about it, there is nothing Disney-like about Fair Oaks. Let’s consider a few things that are left out of its tour and message to the public.
- Piglets at Fair Oaks have their teeth cut out and tails cut off without the use of anesthesia. The males also have their testicles cut out of their bodies, also without anesthesia.
- Female pigs live a life of complete misery. They are artificially inseminated time after time, year after year, only to have their young taken from them soon after birth without getting the chance to form a natural bond they would do otherwise. Pigs have a natural instinct to care for their young just like most other animals. The years of physical and psychological trauma take their toll on these gentle, intelligent creatures, and after their years of service their reward is a trip to the slaughterhouse.
- Fair Oaks pigs are never given the opportunity to do almost anything that comes naturally to them, such as socializing in a stress free environment, running, playing, cuddling or even feeling the ground beneath their feet or the sky above their heads. In fact, the first glimpse many of these pigs have of the outside is when they are shipped to slaughter.
- Wild pigs can live naturally for up to 25 years, but Fair Oaks pigs are slaughtered while still in adolescence (6 months to 1 year), the human equivalent of a 4 year old.
- During their travel to slaughter, pigs are cramped together so tightly they can barely move in extreme heat and cold weather conditions, with no water along the way. In fact, over a million pigs die every year during transport. Fair Oaks pigs are treated no different in this regard.
- When Fair Oaks pigs reach the slaughterhouse they are anally electrocuted. Then, while still alive, they are hoisted up by their legs and their throats are slashed. Some are still alive when they are then dipped into boiling water where they are either burned to death or drowned.
Unlike what Fair Oaks would have you believe, their pigs live miserable, depressing lives of anguish and torment, and are slaughtered in a brutal, bloody manner that would horrify children who are guests at their Pig Adventure.
Considering these facts, it is quite disgusting that Fair Oaks sells tickets for families to get a glimpse of this misery. Rather than teaching children to respect these animals, Fair Oaks props them up as nothing but mere products on an assembly line.
The Pig Adventure is nothing more than a marketing campaign to try to make people feel better about where their food comes from and ignore the cruelty that is inherent in the process of animal agriculture. Let’s not forget that this is a huge money maker for Fair Oaks. Tickets can cost up to $25 and they reported that 238,000 people visited their Dairy Adventure last year. We don’t believe anyone should profit from being cruel to animals. Don’t be fooled by their deception.
—Indiana Animal Rights Alliance August 1, 2013
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