As fond of our pork as we may be, it never is an excuse to be less of a human being for the love of food, is it? It always should be a comfort to know that the animals who produce the meat that we consume led happy and free lives in places in which they were taken care of. It must be a concern and also a duty of each and every one of us to raise the question whether their living conditions were acceptable.
An Approximate of 1.6 billion pigs are slaughtered annually worldwide and though this number is massive, the number of animals who are reared in satisfactory conditions is considerably minimal. In Europe alone, the number of swine that are farmed annually marks 10.6 million. Pigs naturally are very interactive and affable creature, which would ideally spend their days outdoors rooting in grounds and getting playful in mud as a mean of lowering body heat. But the majority of breeding “factories” that would cramp these animals up in small crates that are barely enough for them to turn around pose a question about how humane it is to purchase such produced meat. That is where European pig farm welfare comes in to play.
Out of the enormous number of commercial breeding places that are called “farms” are often times only pretending to be what they call themselves to be; hiding in a façade of an advertising poster showing joyful little piglets with a green field in the background, these places are “factories” that literally treat what they produce as inanimate “products” rather than living breathing livestock. European pig welfare is extremely important in ensuring pork is harvested from pigs that were given adequate living conditions with enough space, natural food instead of cereals that are made to fatten them up within a very short time as five months from birth, and were not subjected to atrocious cruelty.
Consuming meat that truly come from farms also mean that we are not indulging in chemical overloaded meat; because animals that are raised in minimal space and cramped atmospheres are way more susceptible to catching diseases and spreading them than they would be if they were roaming freely on a field, and in order to avoid that they are raised on an antibiotic laden diet. Advertisement and labels could always be misleading as they are supposed to be. But if you truly do your research, and pay a little more money to buy high welfare produce and raise the demand; you are not only doing pigs a favor, you are doing on for yourself too.