Animal activists have exposed the ‘appalling’ conditions of a farm in England, which has links to county Armagh.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that activist group Viva! filmed undercover footage from a farm in Somerset, England, which shows the squalid conditions around 8,000 animals are forced to live in.
The footage — shot in January at Lambrook farm — appears to show a lifeless pig in a pen with rats running around freely.
The farm is owned by Crockway Farms Limited, whose directors are James and Mark Wright, who also operate JMW Farms in Armagh.
JMW Farms is a family owned, family run pig production company which was founded in 1989 and is now one of the biggest in the UK.
According to The Belfast Telegraph, Crockway and JMW did not respond to the newspaper’s requests for a comment.
“The conditions at Lambrook pig farm are appalling,” said Justin Kerswell of Viva!.
“But sadly it is typical in the UK. Most consumers are shocked to find that such intelligent animals are kept in conditions like these, and that the authorities typically turn a blind eye.
“We reported Lambrook pig farm as soon as we were passed the footage. Consumers need to take matters into their own hands and refuse to be part of this. The best way to do that is not rely on the authorities who will do precisely nothing, but to reject factory farming and go vegan.”
JMW stresses on its website that all animals are regularly monitored and housed in specially designed facilities to ensure their comfort and well-being.
The pigs are given plenty of room to play and move around with each pen having its own feeder and water supply.
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