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. b

    feed the hungry

    May 29, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • corky

      sniff, sniff, sniff.......I smell BACON !!!!!!

      May 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. debra

    EVA68 – I don't really believe that you know two vegans who bled to death. They might have had a low iron level or something...but there are right and wrong ways to have any kind of diet. It's a shame that they didn't maintain a healthy vegan diet, but how many omnivores are being treated from high cholesterol (only attainable from animal products), obesity, cancer, and diabetes? I can name dozens more people who are meat eaters and suffer from these diseases than fellow vegetarians/vegans.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Thank you

      Debra, thanks for that sensible response to EVA68. Veganism doesn't cause one to bleed out. That was probably one of the weirdest claims I've ever heard. I didn't even know what to say, I was so flabbergasted, LOL, so I'm glad you spoke up.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • clint mccullough

      eat more pork

      May 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Primal 4 Life

      Sorry high cholesterol comes from eating too many grains, not from too many animals. I eat grass fed meats, wild game, and farm raised eggs, plus plenty of vegetables, almost every day. I am healthier than any vegan on the planet.

      The hunter gather diet is superior to all others, period.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |

    It's a crime against humanity not to ship those pigs to the starving areas! In areas of Afriica and in particular in North Korea, there is record draught this year and millions face starvation! The World Hunger Relief Organization has its job cut out! Just load those pigs on barges and send them to starving people! A move of this magnitude might even restore peace in the world!

    May 29, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
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      May 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • smylee

      It would involve an enormous expense to ship that many animals to another continent, There would be maintenance costs to keeping them alive en route, or to process the meat and maintain an edible product by the time it got there. Factor in delivery and labor costs, and it's not a solution to anything. With that much money, you could feed people other ways.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alex

    humans eat too much meat. plain and simple.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JT

    man charlotte is gonna have to weave a reaaaaally big web to get out of this one.....

    May 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rodeoguy

    How can one of the worst stinking animals on this planet smell so good when you cook them. I love bacon!

    May 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. b reinard

    Rachael is the best on tv

    May 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael

    This is exactly what we need to do here. Police brutality is at an all time high and I know people who no longer feel safe leaving there homes.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fred

    You know I must be reading a different story, then what most people are writing about. Nothing in this story says anything about abuse or neglect of the pigs. The story is about the improper disposal of the pig waste. The disposal system to handle the pig waste did not work. That was the root of the problem here. I saw nothing about the neglect of the animals, well at least not until the management and workers were forced to flee due to the protest. Maybe they should charge the protesters for causing animal neglect...

    May 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Duane

    Kill enough pigs to feed the poor instead of finding a way to feed them, epic and dumb

    May 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bart Flaster

    That pig in the picture looks like he knows he's done for.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lauren

    How would I differentiate between factory farmed pork and not? Between this and the cruelty they have recently found going on in U.S. farms, I am pretty disgusted with this entire practice

    May 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark

    yeah, i'm a vegan. this is very bad.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MarcNJ

    ship them to Mecca.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Everett Wallace

    Hold up this food you just getting rid of let's see if we have some resources to help resolve this matter. I like pork

    May 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
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