Subject: Animal welfare

Of all the rare pig breeds, Tamworths are the most closely related to the Forest Pig that roamed  through the oak woods that covered the English countryside at the end of the ice age 10,000 years ago. That’s why Ben and Jemima Goldsmith’s Tamworths thrive so well eating acorns and rooting for grubs in a… continue reading

Harry Boglione, who supplies his parents’ restaurant Petersham Nurseries with organic meat and vegetables from his farm in Dorset, told us that when he decided to become a farmer his dad thought it was ‘a complete and utter disaster’ but after a couple of years he changed his mind and became a bit envious, wishing… continue reading

After decades of pumping antibiotics into livestock to compensate for inhumane and disease-inducing conditions, bacteria are now fighting back. A new survey of factory farmed UK pork from supermarkets found that 63% of pork samples were contaminated with antibiotic-resistant E.coli, bacteria that cause life-threatening kidney infections and blood poisoning. Pigs in factory farms are so… continue reading

Grass Fed beef and lamb are becoming quite common it would seem.  Having 4 stomachs, one in particular called the rumen, helps makes this possible for those animals.  This rumen is something that pigs chickens, turkeys lack.  Its purpose in a cow is to host a mind boggling abundance of beneficial bacteria, which break down… continue reading

Thinking Pigs

We’ve all heard a little bit about how intelligent pigs are, or even how social they are or how they’re actually among the cleanest of mammals. But recently The Farm Sanctuary released a comprehensive, fascinating and rich portrait of pigs based on Marino and Colvin’s 2015 peer reviewed article Thinking pigs (1). The report has… continue reading

By Tracy Worcester Last Sunday was a big day for me. The Mail on Sunday ran my article about the dreadful conditions in an intensive UK pig farm I investigated. In turn that drew massive public attention to my film showing the horrific conditions the pigs and piglets had to endure (see video below). As… continue reading