Tiger Brands faces animal cruelty charges

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has laid criminal charges against Enterprise Foods trading as Pork Packers Abattoir, a division of SA packaged goods company Tiger Brands.

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In a statement, the NSPCA said it believes the abattoir’s method of ‘stunning’ pigs with carbon dioxide gas before slaughter is inhumane and a violation of the Animal Protection Act.

The process involves caged pigs being mechanically lowered into a pit filled with carbon dioxide gas. The pigs suffocate due to a lack of oxygen.

According to the NSPCA, this is the only red meat abattoir in SA which uses carbon dioxide gas pigs prior to slaughter.

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The NSPCA said Enterprise Food trading had not addressed its concerns nor ceased using gas.