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

    Mmmmmm....Pork Chili...

    May 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. freeme10

    These poor pigs, left unattended for that long. Life is the most precious thing in the Universe, why do we do this?

    May 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrPAUL

      Many people on earth have no use for life of any sort. Its sad but unfortunately very true...What I want to know is where is green peace???? Oh yeah I forgot the farm is not associated with any large fast food agency and there is no hype to get involved.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • For

      Baccon.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoM

      MONEY... is why people do this.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • haha

      Too bad the protesters got in the way, now all the pigs are all being killed

      May 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • New Gawker

      bacon.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DrPAUL

    Hmmm Killing half a million pigs on a farm that already has sanitation issues couldnt become a bigger problem.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KLL

    How sad for these innocent creatures. All because of stupid humans, many of whom are commenting on this site.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrPAUL

      Many pigs walk upright.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • haha

      llol, they were all gonna be killed anyway, just means cheaper food prices, which is a win win if you ask me, the people dont have nasty smell anymore, and more food all around 😀

      May 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cleT

    ALL THAT BACON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh the humanity.....

    May 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DrPAUL

    If you look closely there is a spider web in the far corner and it appears the spider has wrote "murder"

    May 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RedStapler

    More stupid human tricks where animals suffer and lose. Can't anybody in Chile save the pigs? They don't deserve to die because of us.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Umm

      they are going to die for us...only question is for fertilizer or food.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • herb

      Go for it.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Beam

    What a waste in so many different ways...all because they don't want to deal with it...

    May 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JW

    The company should be fined out the wazoo. Probably people starving in Chile.Mega-farms should all be shut down.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cancergal

    The image is heart wrench, I hope more farmer can raise them in a humanity way.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. larry5

    In that case why not let the people in the village go to the pig farm and deal with the problem. If it were managed and run by the community they could fix their own problems and make some money along the way and the pig farmer could take a vacation.

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

    Coming to a store near you...

    May 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alabama Girl

    The problem with this is that some organization needs to step in to ensure that these pigs are not just needlessly slaughtered and "disposed" of, but that the meat can go to feed the hungry.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ColB

      Maybe the local chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood to lend a helping hand. Afterall, they do claim to be a peaceful group. What better way to enhance their public image....

      May 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    That's about what we can expect when all that's important is $! Sorry to see such animal cruelty but that's a civilized notion anyway – far away from these folks mentality.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SoulCatcher

    What's better than chicken wings?
    When pigs fly...Bacon wrapped Pigs wings.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • New Gawker

      I had a lot of bacon jokes but i see everyone has the same thing in mind. Yours is pretty funny. I'll steal it.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
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