Pigs in Chains – Sign the petition!

Tell high street food chains to support high welfare farms!

Most High Street Chains Source their Pork from Factory Farms

73% of the 60 high street supermarkets & food chains surveyed by Farms Not Factories sell pork from factory farms. Many of these don’t even offer a single high welfare alternative. Pigs reared in factory farms (an intensive farming system that is permitted under the Red Tractor labelling scheme) have to endure permanent indoor confinement in barren, overcrowded pens for their entire lives. Mother pigs are kept in narrow metal cages so small they cannot even turn around for weeks on end.

The Solution

RSPCA Assured, Free Range and Organic all have significantly better standards than the Red Tractor labelling scheme and minimum UK & EU standards. Some well known high street chains have already made the switch to one of these high welfare labels. For example, McDonald’s only sell RSPCA Assured pork across their entire menu and the Co-op only sells Outdoor Bred RSPCA Assured pork throughout their entire own-brand fresh pork range. Pigs on high welfare farms, either outdoors or indoors with plenty of straw, are healthy and more contented. They have enough room to roam and express natural instinctive behaviours such as rooting, nesting and playing.

What Can You Do?

We are calling on people to help end factory farming by signing a letter addressed to unethical high street food chain & supermarket CEOs, urging them to only source high welfare pork across their entire own brand ranges. We are also calling on the UK government to ban the importation of pork produced in conditions that would be illegal in the UK. As consumers we can also help end the horrors of factory farming by only buying RSPCA Assured, Free Range or best of all Organic. See our labelling guide & high welfare pork directory for more information.

The Pig Welfare Survey

Watch & Share These Campaign Videos

  • Pigs In Chains: Campaign Introduction Video

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    73% of the 60 popular high street supermarkets & food chains we surveyed sell pork from factory farms. Many of these don’t even offer a single high welfare alternative 😩 Tell CEO’s to stop sourcing pork from factory farms.

  • Pigs in Chains: Oxford Street Campaign Launch

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    💬 “We have the choice. We have the freedom to take away the abominable suffering from our animals”. Jerome Flynn crams himself into a cage on Oxford Street to launch the campaign Pigs In Chains.

  • Episode 1: Every Little Hurts, Help Pigs Tesco!

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    Most of Tesco’s own brand pork is still sourced from factory farms resulting in a score of just 2/6 in our Pig Welfare Survey. Jerome Flynn was so shocked by this, he took to the streets to appeal to shoppers to only buy meat from a high welfare farm, or go vegan.