Half-million pigs to be slaughtered in Chile health emergency
A dead pig lies among others at the Agrosuper slaughterhouse last week in Freirina, Chile.
May 29th, 2012
10:23 AM ET

Half-million pigs to be slaughtered in Chile health emergency

A half-million pigs on a Chilean farm will be destroyed after the facility was closed for several days during a dispute with local residents.

Jose Guzman, chief executive of Agrosuper, which owns the farm, said the animals would be killed rather than moved, according to a report from Agence-France Presse.

"They are going to be slaughtered. They are not going to another farm, nor to another plant," Guzman is quoted as saying.

The events that precipitated the slaughter began this month when villagers from Freirina blockaded the farm after months of protests about foul odors and disease-infested water they said emanated from the farm and its slaughterhouse. The 500,000 pigs went unattended for five days, prompting the Chilean government to declare a sanitary emergency, according to a report from MercoPress.

Agrosuper was given six months to move the pigs and remedy the sanitary problems with the plant, MercoPress reported.

But Guzman said no other area would accept the animals nor were there enough trucks to transport them, according to AFP.

The pig farm and slaughterhouse in the village 500 miles (about 800 kilometers) north of Santiago were given a government go-ahead in 2006 but didn't work as planned, according to MercoPress.

The facility was supposed to have a system where micro-organisms would break down the pig waste, MercoPress reported.

"However, because of airing problems, the system failed and the micro-organisms did not develop generating a massive accumulation of organic disposable matter plus an unbearable stench, which took over the small village of Freirina triggering the conflict," the MercoPress report said.

In a report in The Santiago Times, Guzman said Agrosuper was in the process of fixing the problems with the plant when the protesters shut it down.

“We didn’t abandon the plant; we evacuated, which is very different,” Guzman is quoted as saying.

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  1. dave

    Is this really pigs or the women there?

    May 29, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lovely

    The villagers protested for 5 days and did not pause for a second to think about the 500,000 innocent animals, starving without food and water. Why did they not protest when this massive slaughterhouse was being built in their village? Did they think that the smell of cheap/free bacon will overpower the smell of blood and death coming from this concentration camp style house of horrors? And how dare Jose Guzman play God and condemn 500,000 lives in one insensitive decision? I hope fate condemns him to an even worse death sooner rather than later.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kisumu11

    Just goes to show how unclean pigs are – eating pig products is absolutely shameful – imagine all that ham, bacon and
    other byproducts ending up in your body!! No wonder people fond of eating pig products end up with all kinds of diseases!!

    May 30, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      To kisumu11: I am not sure what you are aiming at. Pigs are animals like all other animals on this earth. Do you have scientific evidence to back what you are saying?

      May 30, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Laura Alexandra

      Pigs are actually VERY sanitary animals. You have absolutely NO clue what you're talking about. Go back to school.

      June 16, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Blogifer

    Easier and smarter to move the village than to destroy the income source.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. DebbieT

    ...and once again the animals suffer..

    May 30, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rachel

    This is horribly sad, pigs are extremely intelligent creatures! They're looking around in this picture as though they're sad and they probably are, they lived with the pig that's left dead in front of them!

    May 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mslisac363

    There goes their bacon, ham and chops.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tom willy

    what are humans barbarians?? how can these people sleep at night murdering half a million pigs? deathyrow inamtes get treated like kings compared to a innocent animal whos only crime was to be born in planet human earth.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
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