Dunstable, Bedfordshire: Michael Thorne, Rosebury pig farm

#TheList Michael A Thorne of Rosebury Farm, Harling Road, Dunstable where horrific footage shows workers smashing screaming piglets against a wall.

Rosebury Farm has lost its Red Tractor status after undercover footage showed tiny piglets being smashed against a wall
Rosebury Farm. which is owned by Michael Thorne and his family, has lost its Red Tractor status after undercover footage showed tiny piglets being smashed against a wall.

Rosebury Farm supplies major retailers as well as local butchers but has now lost its Red Tractor certification

Horrific footage of farm workers inflicting unimaginable cruelty against helpless piglets has been released by leading animal protection organization Animal Equality.

It shows a worker swinging tiny piglets by a back leg and smashing their head against the wall – one continues to kick for at least 10 seconds. In addition, according to Animal Equality, it features ‘piglets screaming in agony as the tips of their tiny teeth are clipped off without pain relief, terrified pigs being shocked repeatedly with an electric prod to force them onto the slaughter truck, and a tiny piglet frothing at the mouth, having been thrown onto a pile of dead piglets and left for dead hours earlier’.

Veterinary expert Professor Andrew Knight from the University of Winchester’s Centre for Animal Welfare viewed the footage and confirmed that it showed ‘inhumane handling and killing of piglets’ as well as ‘excessive and inappropriate use of an electric prod likely to cause pain and fear’.

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