Police are investigating two farm workers after the pair allegedly killed 72 defenseless piglets by repeatedly jumping on them.
The two Spanish farmhands are also accused of being so proud of their bloodthirsty savagery that they couldn’t wait to boast to friends of their deeds and sent footage of the carnage to people via WhatsApp.
Spanish police officers reported that the accused pig killers are aged 19 and 22 and from Spain and Lithuania.
Officials explained that the wanton slaughter of 72 defenseless piglets happened when the two farmhands were transferring the animals from one place to another.
The Express reports that the men who were supposed to be in charge of the piglets’ welfare began “jumping and letting themselves fall onto the piglets.”
The head of the farm where the callous farmhands worked reported the alleged incident to the police as soon as he discovered what had happened on his watch.
A police statement about the alleged incident is particularly damming and describes in detail how the poor piglets were routinely tortured and slaughtered without mercy.
“When the piglets were in the transfer corridor, they closed the entrance and exit, leaving the animals locked up without any means of escape.
“At that moment, while one of them was filming with his mobile phone, the other worker would jump into the corridor… falling with all his weight on the piglets, slaughtering 19 pigs and injuring 53 others which later died of their wounds.”
The Daily Mail reports that the footage of the deeply disturbing film shows the distressed piglets in a high degree of panic as they bash into each other, frantically searching for an escape exit which doesn’t exist.
“The footage shows the farm worker blamed for the animals’ deaths holding his arms up in the air in triumph after leaping on them the first time as if he is jumping into a swimming pool. He makes no attempt to cover his face and looks at the camera between each jump.”
The murderous images have caused outrage in Spain. A person who lives close to the farm in Huercal-Overa near Almeria in south east Spain where the massacre took place, took to Twitter and snapped, “Call me a savage but these two lads would be better six feet under.”
Another added, “I wish them the worst life can give them. I don’t care whether that sounds radical or not.”
Cruelty to animals destined for the slaughterhouse is nothing new. Especially when it comes to the millions of pigs condemned to live a short and brutal life on factory farms.
Often regarded as a filthy and stupid animal, the pig is criminally misunderstood by many who view it as nothing more than a walking pork chop or bacon sandwich.
Pigs are emotional and intelligent creatures and studies have shown they have superb long-term memories, exhibit empathy, love to play and engage, live in complex social communities where they keep track of individuals, and can comprehend simple languages.
According to a study released last year, pigs often have a higher IQ than dogs and are intellectually equal to our closest living relatives, chimpanzees.
Yet pigs are often treated appallingly by humans. PETA reports that only pigs in movies spend their days leisurely living the good life on sprawling pastures and soaking up the sun. For the 65 million of pigs on factory farms, the reality is a lot different.
“Mother pigs (sows)—who account for almost 6 million of the pigs in the U.S.—spend most of their lives in individual “gestation” crates. These crates are about seven feet long and two feet wide—too small to allow the animals even to turn around. After giving birth to piglets, sows are moved to “farrowing” crates, which are wide enough for them to lie down and nurse their babies but not big enough for them to turn around or build nests for their young.
“Piglets are separated from their mothers when they are as young as 10 days old. Once her piglets are gone, the sow is impregnated again, and the cycle continues for three or four years before she is slaughtered. This intensive confinement produces stress- and boredom-related behavior, such as chewing on cage bars and obsessively pressing against water bottles.
“After they are taken from their mothers, piglets are confined to pens until they are separated to be raised for breeding or meat.”
Neuroscientist Lori Marino of Emory University and The Nonhuman Rights Project said in a press release. “There is good scientific evidence to suggest we need to rethink our overall relationship to pigs.”
Somehow, that message doesn’t seem to have got through to the two Spanish farmhands who allegedly trampled 72 terrified piglets to death just so they could have something to share on social media.
(Photo By Toby Talbot/AP)