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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    Kermit finally has his revenge!

    May 29, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. palintwit

    Ha ha. Tell me that picture doesn't look like a typical Palin family gathering. Sarah, Bristol, Trig... they're all there !!

    May 29, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Friet

      Really? You have nothing better to do than bring up political garbage on a totally unrelated article? Your life must be meaningless and pathetic. Go ahead and kill yourself.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Brickell Princess

    Yet another reason why I have gone vegan and refuse to eat animals. If you really give it an ounce of thought, eating a dead animal is the most disgusting thing you will ever do. You are eating a chunk of dead flesh; of an animal that suffered. You are eating suffering. How horrible is that!?!

    May 29, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Buckhippo

      I hear you Princess. I went vegan two years ago and will never look back. My mind is so much more clear and I have a deeper appreciation of life. Anyone else who is interested in learning more about plant-based nutrition and veganism, email me. It's great to find other vegans! completelyhealthy@gmail.com later!

      May 29, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • chisaii

      with you 100%

      May 29, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      Agreed to BuckhillPrincess and Buckhippo. At the very least folks should be more aware of where their food comes from and what it goes through to get to the plate. If you can't give up meat entirely, at least look into local, small farms that practice humane practices and free range living. You'll feel better about what you eat and live healthier too!

      May 29, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • eva68

      I respect your wanting to be vegan, that is your choice, but the natural way is to eat meat. You wouldn't be here if your ancestors didn't eat meat. I know some vegans both of them nearly bled to death because of the lack of the nutrients that meat brings.
      Also, not all animals suffer for this. The humane way is to not to mistreat an animal at all but to respect it, and kill it quickly and cleanly. I do hope the starving people around the world will benefit from the slaughter of thee animals and they don't die in vain.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Kedrick

      Eating dead animals like pigs is good stuff. You should try it.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick Dunn

      Tasty... extremely tasty.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • theshoeminator

      Going vegan isn't going to save livestock. When you remove yourself from the buying chain, you remove yourself from having an impact on these awful farming practices. This sort of abuse is not an argument for going vegan, it's motivation for meat-eaters to reform the industry by spending their dollars at humane and organic farms.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • AcadiaBonita

      Amen. I won't eat suffering.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      And you, eating all those poor dead plants...

      May 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sir Lolzalot

      Mmmmm..... suffering.

      May 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. millergal

    How sad... for the pigs that is, although they look like they were kept in areas where they had adequate room to move about, unlike North American slaughterhouses. They are said to be very intelligent creatures; too bad we don't treat them more humanely in the raising/breeding/slaughtering process.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. AcclaimedMan

    And then ship the meat to Porkistan for their consumption. For them tainted meat would be better than eating soil !!!

    May 29, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Buckhippo

    What we do to our planet and fellow living creatures will come back and haunt us ten times worse. I know I could get 500,000 disease infected humans, does that mean we should slaughter them? End animal farming so we can truly call ourselves human beings.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • chisaii

      Completely agree.

      Animals deserve better.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. chisaii

    I hate this story. Really sad.

    I'm sure the way the pigs are killed will be whatever is most inexpensive, rather than what is best for the pigs.


    May 29, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. purpleophelia

    "We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction."

    May 29, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. snowdogg

    well, there goes my ham hock futures investment

    May 29, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. CNNuthin

    Send some PETA folks over. They will scream about the poor conditions, how horrible it is to kill a living creature, and then they will kill the pigs themselves instead of trying to find a way to move them to another farm.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bob B

    This is for the vegans out there. When you eat all your veggies, how do you know they aren't screaming? They are just another form of life.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    These poor animals deserve better. Bred to be killed. So so sad...

    May 29, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Shopper Alert

    Wal-Mart has bacon 1/2 off now thru next tuesday. Pigs feet 2 for 1.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Have you always been a complete moron, or is this a relatively new phenomenon?

      May 29, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • doubledees

      Wow – I didnt know there was that many cops in Chile......

      May 29, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • loverpoint

      I've seen pigs feet in the local butcher shop. Does anyone ever eat them?

      May 29, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. gonzodeluxe

    The suffering of these animals is as pointless as it is sad. What a shame.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • boo

      it is heartbreaking.

      i am ashamed to be a member of a species that believes killing is a solution to so many things and a convenience; that humans are somehow superior to anyone and anything else that coinhabits the planet. the selfishness is beyond my grasp.

      go vegan. hug a pig, don't eat him.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Who?

    Who really are the pigs of the earth? (nation wise) Like, who are the fattest? Who eat the most? Stuff like that.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • WeAllKnow

      We all know it's the __________s.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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