Around 40 members of the animal rights group Bite Back staged a protest at the Carrefour de l’Europe in Brussels on Saturday afternoon. This symbolic protest was to denounce the suffering of 12 million Pigs raised and slaughtered every year in Belgium. They also called on the public to reconsider eating meat. The Bite Back members, who were dressed in protective overalls and black T-shirts, formed a static pyramid. They each held a sign showing pictures from an investigation done at 9 Pig farms in three Flemish provinces during the Spring of 2013. “The investigation showed the unbearable reality of piglets slowly crushed under the weight of a Sow. Others in agony or dead, lying prostrate on the ground or thrown into plastic bacs. Sows suffering from ulcers and shut in metal stalls barely bigger than their bodies. Pigs with severe limps, etc. The release of these images created a shockwave in Flanders, especially as they came from well-known farms”, says Jean Gaultier, Bite Back spokesman.
“Bite Back has therefore decided to show the true face of meat. We ask all those who are shocked by the images from the investigation to think next time they have a bit of pork meat on their plate. Not of what they’re eating, but who they’re eating”, he said.