Appalling scenes of horrendous mass pig killing taking place in Egypt right now have sparked international protest. From media footage, we have seen hundreds of live pigs being thrown on top of each other into huge dumper trucks. Some must surely suffocate right away or break their limbs. They are then driven to a mass grave, thrown into it and covered in what appears to be quicklime, where they must endure a slow and agonising death.
Egyptian media reports that "When each lorry is filled with 400 pigs on average, it sets off for the burial ground in Abou Zabal. Once there, something like soft sand is sprinkled on the pigs inside the lorry. This material is made up of factory wastes. The pigs start to scream because of the searing pain until they die some 30 or 40 minutes later."
Before you play the film, be warned this is DEEPLY DISTURBING footage: http://bit.ly/fBcPA
What is Compassion doing?
We are protesting in person at the Egyptian Embassy in London today and calling on the Ambassador to urge his government to halt the slaughter immediately.
We are calling on the World Animal Health Organisation (the OIE) to urge its member state, Egypt, to halt the slaughter and to abide by the OIE Guidelines on humane slaughter, which Egypt endorsed in 2005.
How can you help?
Please write urgently to the Egyptian Ambassador in your own country, calling for a halt to this inhumane killing. Please point out that such inhumane treatment of animals not only contravenes the OIE Guidelines but is also contrary to Islamic teaching which regards animals as "communities like you" (Qur'an 6:38).
Please email the Egyptian Ambassador to the UK or download our template letter to send by post (links found on website - above)
The address of the Egyptian Ambassador to the UK is (please address the letter to, Your Excellency):
H.E. Hatem Seif El Nasr
Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Embassy of Egypt
26 South Street
London W1K 1DWA
Thank you for all your help.
Compassion for World Farming