We do get the whole picture when they're videotaping the caretakers grabbing piglets by the feet and slamming them repeatedly into a concrete floor, then tossing the bleeding piglets into a squirming pile to die from blunt force trauma.
Why do I think so?
Because Christensen Farms issued a response to the video. Of all the practices in the video, CF announced they've stopped "blunt force trauma euthanasia" (while saying, essentially, "not that there was anything wrong with that"), and will be substituting "euthanasia using carbon dioxide to prevent the suffering of sick or injured piglets."
I understand tail docking, gestational stalls, and the like - but watching the repeated slamming of piglets onto the concrete floor did nothing but remind me of Michael Vick body-slamming his fighting docks to the ground to kill them.
We're above that.
> CF announced they’ve stopped “blunt force trauma euthanasia” (while saying, essentially, “not that there was anything wrong with that”), and will be substituting “euthanasia using carbon dioxide to prevent the suffering of sick or injured piglets.”<
>>We’re above that. <<
Honestly, you’re just not hungry enough.
Floor slamming was surely already contrary to animal cruelty laws and ought to have been addressed. But carbon dioxide may or may not work well; for odd reasons it can fail. Cows are often slaughtered with captive-bolt guns; why couldn’t piglets be put out of their misery the same way? These guns are air powered and unlikely to fail but technically they too are blunt force trauma. The baby has been tossed out with the bath water.