Swiss Company Told Not to Censor Nightmarish Reality of Pigs Raised for Their Flesh
London– Following the announcement that the video game Farming Simulator 17 will include pig farming, PETA sent a letter to Christian Ammann, managing director of Switzerland-based GIANTS Software GmbH, asking that video footage from abattoirs be included. The letter points out that to give players an accurate depiction of the industry, the game will need to show that pigs are killed by being hung upside down, stabbed, and dropped into scalding-hot water.
“Farming Simulator 17 should either show the nightmarish reality endured by pigs at the abattoir or change into Vegan Farming Simulator 17 and let players grow crops – to do anything else would be dishonest”, says PETA European Outreach Liaison Harriet Barclay. “PETA urges anyone who considers pig-slaughter footage too gruesome to include in a simulator game to rid their real-life plates of animal corpses and switch to cruelty-free vegan foods.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – has documented repeatedly that on factory farms, mother pigs are forcibly impregnated over and over again and confined to farrowing crates so small that they can’t even turn around. Each litter is torn away from the mother after only a few weeks, and the piglets’ teeth are clipped or ground down and their tails cut off without painkillers. At the abattoir, pigs are hung upside down prior to being killed. Workers are in such a hurry that they often fail to stun them adequately, which allows them to wake up while still bleeding to death and being plunged into boiling water.
PETA’s letter to GIANTS Software Managing Director Christian Ammann is available here. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.