The pigs of God: Force-fed, then slaughtered for spectacle
The pig farm lay at the end of an unassuming road. The owners emerged from a garage to warmly welcome us to their fattening facility. Inside this nondescript garage were rows of sandy pits, surrounded by thick bars that encaged the largest pigs I have ever seen. Fat pigs, of course, was the point.
The pigs lay awake and aware but unprotesting. They had long since given up trying to move around or away. Some of the pigs were able to right themselves to roll over onto their other side, but that was the extent of their mobility. Bars and planks kept them immobile.
For 16 consecutive years, the Taiwanese NGO Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) has been campaigning for an end to the Pigs of God weighing contest.