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. Who?

    Who suffers more than starved people? Animals? I don't think so.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • just a human

      suffering is suffering.

      there are abused animals, starved animals, neglected animals. factory farms are a travesty. and so many of us do nothing for them.

      there are abused humans, starved humans, neglected humans. governments and distribution of wealth/power are a travesty. and so many of us do nothing for them.

      too many of us turn our heads to the suffering if it doesn't directly affect us. personally, anything you do to help any being suffering is a positive. there shouldn't be comparisons or ranks.

      i don't think of the lives of animals as lesser than the lives of humans. so ... if you can help any breathing being in your lifetime, please do.

      too many ignore it and throw their opinions about things like "what about the starving people here?" ... but never do a damn thing to help a soul. they justify their lack of action with statements such as that.

      if the suffering of starving people is so dear to your heart...do something about it. pick a cause and change the world for the better.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • heamye

      So there isn't room to help starved animals if people are starving? Ignore one plight because there is another? What is your point?

      May 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tamars

    Guzman should not be allowed to farm again. this is a cruel waste on every level. what an ignorant man.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Homer


    – Spiderpig, Spiderpig. Does what ever a spider pig does. Can he fly? No he can't, because he is just a pig...

    May 29, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |

      That you Peter Porker ?

      May 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homer Jay

      Spider-Pig, Spider-Pig, does whatever a Spider-Pig does, can he swing from a web? No he can't, he's a pig. Look out, here comes Spider-Pig.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. JC

    the way we humans process food is discusting......we have no respect for animals....we need a good epidemic to wake us up....and we would deserve it!!

    May 29, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. GAB

    thou shall not eat pork.....

    May 29, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. snowdogg

    Is that the one in Hog Wallow Arkansas?

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

    What was American police doing in Chile?...and when will the rest be going?

    May 29, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Realdirect

    You ARE what you eat.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Islamic Pork

    awww same here.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. malibu1369

    Do the math. If there aren't enough resources to transport 500,000 pigs, there sure aren't enough to transport 500,000 cut up pigs!

    May 29, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Mona

      He should have thought of that when he bred so many and housed them in this spot. He belongs in jail.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. laeinstein

    What is that going to do to their police force ????

    May 29, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mona

    The plant? These 500k animals which he created are alive and need to be cared for properly. This man is vile disgusting person with no regard for living things.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Fiona

    Factory farming of pigs is unspeakably cruel and unsustainable, as evidenced by this operation. Pigs eliminate six or more times a day. Half a million pigs is equivalent, in waste production, to at least 1.5 million people. To leave these tortured animals wallowing in their own waste, with no food or removal of the dead is immeasurable evil. The breeding sows in their gestation crates (immobilized) and farrowing crates (totally immobilized) and the newly born piglets must have suffered even more than usual...which is saying a lot. There must have been a huge number of dead.

    Do not buy factory farmed pork. With every product you purchase, you are supporting this kind of operation, in the US and abroad.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bob B

    All life eats another form of life to live, but this way of raising these animals is wrong. I try to support farmers that raise their animals in a more humaine way. I eat animals, fish and plants. Sorry vegans i have to live. My doctors say I can't just eat veggies because of health problems, but I do eat more veggies than animals and fish.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. capnmike

    Send them to Venezuela...Chavez will give them all free food and medical care as long as they vote for him.

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