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. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    CNN: Jose Guzman, chief executive of Agrosuper, which owns the farm, said the animals would be killed ratherthan moved.
    J.F.: After he kills them. In order to bury them, they have to be "moved" anyways.
    Liars.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DJ Kiral

    Nnnooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My kingdom for tomato, a slice of cheese, and some nice bacon! nom nom

    May 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Oscar Pitchfork

    So what are they gonna do now? BURN 500,000 pigs?

    May 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mancee Grace

    Send them to the hungry in Israel.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. willy

    The picture is . . . sad but . . . funny. It makes the other pigs look almost human. Like "Oh snap, George is gone who's next?".

    May 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lins

    this is disgusting – humans are animals. they left these animals go 5 days with no food or water.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    what a waste

    May 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rad666

    How dare they not feed or water these animals for 5 days, we as humans are supposed to be the more noble species, but in cases like this we clearly are not.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sir Francis

    Pigs are sentient beings and highly intelligent. They should not be eaten or abused in any fashion. We humans are truly disgusting for how we treat animals. We treat ourselves even worse and slaughter our own children.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. magnus

    the article is poorly written. it never addressed why the facility went 5 days without feeding the pigs.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bthumble

      dude . . the article clearly states the owners evacuated the farm because of the protests.

      May 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeyZ

      Uhh, seems to me "The farm was blockaded by protesters" was a pretty definitive take-away.

      May 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Karl

    Horrible. Pigs are as smart or smarter than dogs. We would be outraged if dogs were in kept in these kinds of conditions and treated this way. Why do we brutalize animals that are so closely related to humans? Their tissues, like porcine heart valves, are used to replace diseased human valves and fetal pigs are used to help students learn about *human* anatomy and physiology. Human flesh supposedly tastes likes like pork, too–that's why humans are called "long pig." I wish humans would stop killing these lovely, intelligent creatures.

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

    Horrible. Pigs are as smart or smarter than dogs. We would be outraged if dogs were in kept in these kinds of conditions and treated this way. Why do we brutalize animals that are so closely related to humans? Their tissues, like porcine heart valves, are used to replace diseased human valves and fetal pigs are used to help students learn about *human* anatomy and physiology. Human flesh supposedly tastes likes like pork, too–that's why humans are called "long pig." I wish humans would stop killing these lovely, intelligent creatures.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kevin Roberts

    Oh my god those poor pigs! Who cares? If you have nothing better to do than to worry about this then you have too much time on your hands. I looked the story over and commented after I saw how many libtards were making such a fuss. Why not spend that time helping out the needy in your own communities, libtards.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TC Canada

    Peter piper wacked a pack of pickled pigs.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Erin

    If this makes you feel angry or sad – then take a stand and go vegetarian – it's not as hard as you think

    May 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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