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‘Horror movie’: Investigation underway after damning ‘piggery’ footage leaked

The video shows a dead mother pig inside a steel birthing crate next to a pen of live piglets. Her rotten, rat-eaten skin has decayed down to the skull. It looks like something out of a horror movie

MICHAEL DAHLSTROM: ‘Footage shown to Yahoo News Australia shows rodents swarming and dead, rotting animals inside a commercial piggery in NSW. Rats scurry up the walls, run around the pigs and eat the bodies of the dead. There are thousands of rat droppings littering the floor, some of them being eaten by a piglet. The video shows a dead mother pig inside a steel birthing crate next to a pen of live piglets. Her rotten, rat-eaten skin has decayed down to the skull.

Across the piggery, we see more rotten pig bodies, some have had their eyes eaten out, another has thick brown goop spilling out of its snout. Outside there are open sacks filled with yellow and pink dead piglets, one is so rotten its ribcage is exposed.

Chay Neal from Animal Liberation Queensland told Yahoo News Australia that the vision, was delivered to him anonymously on a USB and that his organisation and their NSW counterparts intended to publish it on their websites. “It looks like something out of a horror movie,” he said. “The decomposing corpses left in the pens, it really is revolting. “Most people would be shocked to think that this is where their pork comes from”…

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) told Yahoo News Australia they have received a letter of complaint and video footage in relation to the matter and are acting on it today. “The matter has been referred to DPI compliance team for review and investigation, and DPI compliance and biosecurity staff will visit the property today along with a veterinarian,” a spokesman said…

The statement came moments after Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst asked DPI director general Scott Hansen a question about the footage in budget estimates which was taken on notice. She alleges the footage was shot in Signium Piggery at Ellangowan, NSW. An RSPCA NSW spokesperson confirmed that they received a letter and have reached out to Animal Liberation NSW for further details’. SOURCE…

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