Cruelty and neglect of pigs globally is an animal welfare crisis.
The Climate crisis is effecting the welfare of all farm animals and pigs are particularly at risk of suffering from heat pain. This pain occurs in both indoor and outdoor pigs. Drought conditions can mean that pigs have restricted access to water and this can be life threatening for pigs who need constant access to clean water. In addition to the water needed for drinking, water must be also be available for sprinklers which are used to cool pigs. Water should also be available for mud baths which both cool pigs and help them to protect their skin which is highly susceptible to the pain of sunburn.
According to advice published on the website of Western Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,”pigs do not sweat and have relatively small lungs. Due to these physiological limitations and their relatively thick subcutaneous fat, pigs are prone to heat stress
The immune system of a pig begins to fail when exposed to warm/hot days without relief, adequate protection, shade and shelter.
When the pig is distressed from the pain of heat the body soon begins to shut down and depression, seizures, diarrhoea, respiratory and other diseases, organ failure can soon take effect and make the life of a pig a misery.
What are the effects of prolonged exposure outside of a pigs comfort zone?
- Organ Failure
- Sudden & Painful Death
- Compromised Immune System
- Respiratory Disease
- Poor Milk Production
- Slowness & Lethargy
- Rapid Weight Loss