Animal-rights activists are accused of killing two pigs after showing up unexpectedly at a farm to protest the animals’ conditions there, a British farmer said.
Meat the Victims descended on the Sandilands farm in Lincolnshire on March 2 in order to “highlight the plight and suffering” of farm animals in Britain, according to Lincolnshire Live. About 200 activists attended the rally and were split into two groups – one to invade the farm and post footage onto social media and another to rally outside.
Sylvia Hook, one of the farmers, told Lincolnshire Live the activists who stormed the farm had tried to cuddle the piglets -- but instead stressed them out, leading to their deaths.
“About 50 of them all piled into a farrowing house, immediately the sows are jumping up and down,” Hook said. “It's caused the death of two young piglets through being squashed and two other piglets have had to be taken away to get up and running again.”
She added in a BBC interview that the activists disrupted the animals’ feeding schedules, which also caused them stress. She said she felt “scared” and “incredibly intimidated,” according to VICE News.
“They were picking piglets up, cuddling them—there was a lot of screaming going on,” she told BBC. “Piglets don’t want to be cuddled. Then, unfortunately, they were putting the piglets back in the wrong pens.”
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The activists dispute the claim they caused the deaths. The group said one of the piglets who died was already sick when they arrived.
Hook said she was surprised her farm was targeted because it’s a family farm, and they follow all health protocols, according to VICE News.