The reality inside Australian pig factory farms is that mother pigs cannot express their natural behaviours – they cannot do what pigs do. Sadly, this is ‘business as usual’ for pig farming in Australia.
More than 90% of pig farms in Australia use farrowing crates to confine pregnant and nursing mother pigs for up to six weeks at a time.
Although undeniably cruel to pigs, it is standard practice to transfer a mother pig to a farrowing crate 7-14 days before she gives birth to her piglets. After birthing (in a process known as ‘farrowing’), she remains confined in these metal ‘maternity’ crates for 3-4 weeks until her piglets are weaned – and then taken away.