Vigil held for scalded pigs

PUBLISHED: 14:50 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 31 May 2010

Animal rights campaigners hold a candlelit vigil outside Dalehead Foods - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Animal rights campaigners hold a candlelit vigil outside Dalehead Foods - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

PROTESTERS held a candlelit vigil outside a slaughterhouse to raise awareness of the pain suffered by pigs as part of International Animal Rights Day on Saturday. More than 35 people from the country stood outside Dalehead Foods in Linton, to make their f

PROTESTERS held a candlelit vigil outside a slaughterhouse to raise awareness of the pain suffered by pigs as part of International Animal Rights Day on Saturday.

More than 35 people from the country stood outside Dalehead Foods in Linton, to make their feelings known, after RSPCA inspectors visited the site earlier this year when two live pigs were dunked alive in scalding water.

"It was wonderful to see so many people come along and not only did we have people from as far away as Lancashire, we also had a wide range of ages, including an eight-year-old girl with her parents," said Joan Court, of Animal Rights Cambridge.

Ms Court said the public need to be aware of the pain and suffering that 98 per cent of pigs in this country are subjected to.

"People see pigs out in the fields but most don't realise the majority are factory-farmed and die in slaughterhouses," she said.

RSPCA inspectors visited the slaughterhouse in September but were satisfied the pig deaths were "isolated incidents."

The employee responsible was sacked. A spokesman for Dalehead Foods said: "We are committed to the highest standards of animal welfare and its practices, from farm to slaughter, exceed minimum statutory requirements.

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