The Canadian animal rights organisation Animal Justice has released new footage of suffering pigs taken inside Excelsior Hog Farm, a factory farm in Abbotsford, BC, Canada. The footage was shot between April and June 2023 and was provided confidentially to Animal Justice. According to the organisation, it has now been turned over to the BC SPCA along with a detailed legal complaint pointing out violations of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Criminal Code.

The new footage shows dead and rotting pigs throughout the farm, including piglets whose carcasses were partially eaten; crushed and stillborn piglets inside crates; pigs kicked in the stomach and face; pigs jabbed with a metal rod and hit with plastic boards; pigs with hernias, prolapses, bloody lacerations, and open wounds; an accumulation of faeces, and walls smeared with blood; water troughs that appear to be filled with faeces and blood.

In 2019, a similar video from Excelsior showed mother pigs trapped in tiny crates with dead and dying piglets; pigs prodded in the face with electric current; pigs with untreated injuries; and workers castrating piglets without apparent pain relief.

Excelsior and its owners have never faced legal accountability for the troubling conditions shown on camera. Instead of addressing the animal abuse allegations, authorities have prosecuted the whistleblowers who exposed it. Activists Amy Soranno and Nick Schafer were each convicted of criminal break and enter and mischief, and sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice, said, “The ongoing suffering of sensitive pigs and piglets at Excelsior Hog Farm represents a shocking failure of our legal system to protect animals on farms. Instead of prosecuting whistleblowers, authorities should act immediately to end the gut-wrenching abuse that Excelsior has been allowed to get away with. It’s time for BC to introduce legal standards for animal welfare on farms, and proactive inspections so that animal suffering no longer remains hidden.”

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.