Cruelty on a farm
supplying the Beretta brand

By means of an undercover investigation, we revealed terrible violence on a pig farm supplying Beretta cured meats.

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For 6 weeks, one of our investigators worked at a farm supplying the Fratelli Beretta brand, documenting terrible violence against pigs – even sick pigs – and extremely poor sanitary conditions. Some of the footage was broadcast on TG1 and handed over to the competent authorities in order to lodge a complaint against those responsible.

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The images show a worker pulling out a pig’s teeth with pliers because he had been biting other pigs’ tails. A brutal and illegal operation, carried out without anaesthesia or subsequent treatment and which increases the possibility of having to resort to antibiotics. During transport, pigs are moved violently, kicked, hit with blunt objects, grabbed by the ears, lifted off the ground or thrown down by a tractor. As shown in the footage and confirmed by the words of the owner, whenever emergency kills on site are needed pigs are stunned using a captive bolt gun without immediately having their throats slit as required by law. This treatment causes pigs to endure interminable agony.

The sanitary conditions are also very worrying: the pigs are in constant contact with the wet floor that is covered with excrement. Their food is also contaminated with faeces, as the edges of the feeders are too low.

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Teeth
pulled out

A worker pulls out the teeth of a pig that had been biting the other pigs in his enclosure. The operation is carried out with pliers, without anaesthesia or subsequent treatment. In addition to being painful, this practice is also illegal.

Sick animals left untreated

Wounded and sick pigs are left to fend for themselves in the corridors without the intervention of a veterinarian. They are given neither food nor water and remain in contact with the other pigs until they starve to death.

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Brutal killings

The procedure for slaughtering severely ill pigs is carried out improperly and leads to terrible agony. The pigs are only stunned with a captive bullet gun, without cutting their throats and therefore prolonging their suffering as a result. The operation is carried out in the pens where the other pigs are present, subjecting them to extreme stress and with the risk of injury. Even the owner culls pigs incorrectly.

Appalling hygiene conditions

The pigs live on concrete floors, have no clean, dry litter and are forced to rest on their own excrement. The pens are bare, devoid of stimuli and the environmental enrichment is inadequate. The food, in the form of slop, mixes with the faeces because the feeders have sides that are too low and allow the animals to enter.

Systematic violence
of workers

Animals are handled with cruel methods, both by workers and the farm owner. Pigs are violently kicked and punched, hit wth iron bars, dragged by their ears or even unloaded brutally from a tractor’s front-end loader.

Our investigations in defence of pigs

Cruelty to pigs on a farm supplying "premium" Parma ham

May 2019

An investigator from Essere Animali worked undercover on a farm supplying “Prosciutto di Parma” (premium Parma ham), documenting violence and numerous incidences of illegal behaviour. In just a few weeks, using a hidden camera he filmed pigs being beaten and thrown around their pens, painful surgical operations carried out without anaesthesia and the macabre habit of throwing piglet’s testicles and tails into the feeding troughs of the sows. Read more.

Pigs caged and mutilated on Italian factory farms

March 2019

In Italy, 9 million pigs have their tails mutilated and males are castrated without anesthesia or pain relief. During pregnancy and birth, 500,000 sows are kept in cages so small that they cannot move at all. Such practices cause extreme suffering to these intelligent and sensitive animals and, in the case of tail-cutting, are also illegal. However, the problem is so widespread and structural that it is found on almost all farms (including PDO). By means of the #SosPig campaign, we urgently want to bring these cruel practices to an end. Sign the petition.

Pigs hammered to death, a devastating investigation

September 2018

One of Essere Animali’s investigators who worked undercover at a farm that supplies pigs for ‘Prosciutto di Parma’ (premium Parma ham) documented numerous incidences of violence and continuous violations of animal protection standards. Read more (italian)

High-cruelty ham

July 2017

Between February and June 2017, Essere Animali documented eight farms supplying pigs for Prosciutto di Parma (premium Parma ham): the images show animals in a state of serious suffering and situations of mistreatment that we promptly reported. It is not the first time that we have filmed such conditions. In December 2016, our video ‘Prosciutto Crudele’ (Cruel Ham), filmed inside a farm supplying the Consortium, sent shock waves through the country. Read more (italian)

#SOSPIG the campaign in defence of pigs

We have reported this farm to the authorities and will endeavour to ensure that all such cruel behaviour is recognised as the offence of animal abuse.

This is only part of our work. In fact, procedures that cause suffering to pigs but are legal, such as gestation cages for sows and the surgical castration of piglets, are often used on Italian farms. To put an end to these practices, in addition to tail cutting, an illegal mutilation that is nonetheless inflicted on all pigs reared in Italy, we have launched the #SOSpig campaign.

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Destinatari

Presidente del Consiglio, Giuseppe Conte

Ministro delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali, Teresa Bellanova

Ministero dell'Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare, Sergio Costa

Ministero della Salute, Roberto Speranza

Presidente della Camera dei Deputati, Roberto Fico

Presidente del Senato, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati

L’organizzazione Essere Animali negli ultimi anni ha diffuso diverse indagini realizzate all’interno di allevamenti intensivi e stabilimenti di macellazione italiani, alcune svolte in collaborazione con importanti organi di informazione internazionali, allo scopo di documentare le condizioni degli animali allevati per l’alimentazione. Durante tali indagini, portate a termine con un capillare lavoro di monitoraggio con telecamere nascoste e infiltrati all’interno degli allevamenti, sono state puntualmente filmate violazioni alla normativa sulla protezione degli animali e alle norme del codice penale.

Le indagini di Essere Animali hanno mostrato:
  • violenze inferte dal personale dell’allevamento durante gli spostamenti degli animali o quando questi oppongono resistenza ai trattamenti, come colpi con tubi di ferro, utilizzo improprio di taser elettrico, sollevamento con muletto delle mucche a terra, calci e lanci degli animali di piccola taglia;
  • mutilazioni effettuate senza l’utilizzo di anestesia e analgesia e senza la presenza di un medico veterinario oltre l’età consentita dalla legge e il taglio sistematico della coda dei suinetti, una pratica illegale ma diffusa in quasi tutti gli allevamenti italiani;
  • animali agonizzanti lasciati morire di stenti o uccisi in modo brutale dagli operai dell’allevamento, senza l’applicazione delle corrette disposizioni sull’abbattimento d’emergenza degli animali malati;
  • uccisioni di gruppo all’interno degli stabilimenti di macellazione, con animali che assistono alla morte dei loro simili e l’utilizzo di pratiche di stordimento inefficaci.
Per questi maltrattamenti sono state presentate diverse denunce alle autorità competenti ma la frequenza di tali episodi, filmati nella quasi totalità delle aziende oggetto d’indagine scelte a campione sul territorio nazionale, anche tra fornitori di prodotti DOP, mi spinge a esprimervi la mia profonda preoccupazione. Accanto a queste violazioni di legge, le indagini di Essere Animali hanno inoltre mostrato tipologie e pratiche di allevamento che, pur essendo ora legali, sono causa di indiscussa sofferenza fisica e psicologica per gli animali, tra cui:
  • utilizzo di gabbie in cui gli animali trascorrono buona parte o tutta la loro vita;
  • elevate densità quando gli animali sono allevati "a terra" o in recinti;
  • castrazione chirurgica dei suinetti e debeccaggio delle galline uccisione tramite macerazione dei pulcini considerati inutili ai fini dell’allevamento;
  • separazione alla nascita delle madri dai cuccioli per la produzione di latte.
Chiedo quindi che sia intrapreso un processo di riforma legislativo che:
  • vieti l’utilizzo, anche parziale, delle gabbie;
  • vieti ogni mutilazione così come l’uccisione dei pulcini maschi, perfettamente sani ma considerati non produttivi dall’industria zootecnica;
  • metta fine ai sussidi pubblici al settore zootecnico;
  • porti all’inasprimento delle pene per il maltrattamento degli animali e per le altre violazioni delle normative di protezione, prevedendo nei casi più gravi la revoca delle autorizzazioni e l’interdizione dall’attività;
  • instauri un sistema di controllo negli allevamenti, durante il trasporto e nelle fasi di macellazione assolutamente più efficace di quello adottato sinora;
  • riformuli le densità di allevamento, concedendo agli animali più spazio per muoversi, anche all’aperto, e con la presenza di arricchimenti ambientali;
  • preveda sistemi di allevamento che permettano agli animali di soddisfare i propri bisogni etologici in funzione dell’età e della specie, in concerto con le organizzazioni per i Diritti Animali.
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