Lincolnshire pig farm sacks four staff after undercover footage of abuse

A Lincolnshire farm has dismissed four of its employees after footage was released of staff members beating pigs in their care.

Animal protection organisation Animal Equality released the undercover footage which shows the animals being beaten and squealing in pain at Fir Tree pig farm, near Barton-Upon-Humber.

The charity filmed over 100 incidents of cruelty on the farm over ten days following an anonymous tip-off.

Photo: Animal Equality

The incidents included kicking pigs in the face and head, jabbing them with pitchforks and spraying paint directly up their noses.

Fir Tree Farm is owned by The Godfrey family along with company Elsham Linc LTD and is home to 10,000 pigs.

Dr Toni Shephard, Animal Equality’s UK Director said: “While intensive pig farms are inherently pitiless places, the brutality inflicted on these poor pigs is incomprehensible.

“The workers show complete contempt for the animals in their care and seem immune to their suffering, even when the pigs scream in pain. We demand that they be brought to justice.”

A spokesperson for Fir Tree Farm told Sky News: “We are shocked by the actions of those involved as their abhorrent behaviour does not represent our business.

“We are a family run farm where the care and welfare of our pigs is paramount.

“We have been able to identify the four individuals in the film and following an immediate investigation their employment has been terminated.”

The majority of British pigs are kept locked inside sheds and barns for their whole lives, and supermarkets such as the Co-op are Waitrose are pledging to stop sourcing their meat from farms which aren’t free range.