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. azeddine el mahdag

    christ has not permission you to eat pig its pope that have promised you to eat pig for sixhundred years because there was hunger in christianty but now you can survive without pig or you can choose to eat it and be sick ... pope have no right to change gods law the real christian are ortodox as belive in first bible!

    May 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      Even in proper English, this would be silly.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • deep

      Why only pig? u can eat humanflesh too. It is the same thing..

      May 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. whoCares

    Just remember, always shoot the zombie twice and be safe.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. vatoloke

    They should donate them to Iran.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • peacepak

      No Pakistan need AID desperately !

      May 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ac

    they should have sell it to the China, they'll eat it..!!!

    May 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ♚Mmmmm♛

    this is ridiculous...there is room for compromised chilean govt....and pig farmers you need to be respectful of your neighbors...get to the table the both of you...assist each one another in solving this mess so that the hungry can be fed, that animals won't needlessly be slaughtered out of stubborness, sanitary conditions and civil codes can be met, and farmers can continue their trade of providing sustainance...where are your leadership skill chile...shame on you! you an international embarassment to the world...

    May 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harish

      one of the few sensible comments here. Well done Mmmmm.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Russ

    Seems like the government should send in troops, take control of the situation, then remove the pigs in groups over time.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. peacepak

    Send them to Pakistan !! Don't give them AID !

    May 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. FauxNews

    I forecast a new McDonald's product in the immediate future.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |

      McPorky sandwich.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    That's not right.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. macthedog

    that's 1 million Boston Butts and Picnics gone! It's a grillers travesty!!

    May 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Notch

    Go vegetarian!

    May 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dowdotica

    yum! bacon for a life time!!lolol

    May 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pig Lover

    What a travesty and reflection on the lower vibrations of the human race to not take care of the pigs, let them live and treat them with respect. They deserve a good life on this planet as do all living things.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • heamye

      I agree. The dead pig on the floor looks sick or starved. It is never "whatever the means to an end", should always consider the living beings ahead of anything else.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Badeley-Bent

    Guzman's arrogance is appalling. Regardless of what he said, evacuation did lead to abandonment. A total disregard for the welfare of both the animals and the residents. I bet he has other lucrative scams going somewhere else that he can now devote his efforts to leaving the locals (and the Chilean goverrnment) to pay for the clean up.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
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