I have received an email on behalf of RSPCA about their new campaign, Think Pig.
The RSPCA are raising awareness of pig welfare issues and trying to educate people about the different labels on pork products and what they mean for pigs.
If you are on facebook they have made a Facebook word game which incorporates facts about pigs and pig welfare, and encourages people to show their support by joining the RSPCA Think Pig campaign Facebook Page.
“The RSPCA’s THINK PIG campaign aims to encourage UK’s shoppers to use their consumer power to help improve pig welfare.
Many of the 160 million pigs bred for meat across Europe live in conditions that the Society believes are unacceptable. Pigs face a range of welfare issues that most people are just not aware of.
Consumers have the power to make a difference for pigs and that’s why the RSPCA is urging consumers to ‘Think Pig’ when out shopping and make sure what they put in their shopping basket is a vote for better pig welfare.
The campaign needs to reach a broad consumer audience and the Facebook game,
with its social elements, is one of the ways that the Society hopes to achieve this.
RSPCA and Farm Animals
The RSPCA is working harder than ever before to try to improve the welfare of as many farm animals as possible, at every stage of their lives.
More than 900 million farm animals are reared every year in the UK. Unfortunately the law alone is not always strong or detailed enough to ensure that they all have a good quality of life, and are transported and slaughtered humanely.
It is a huge challenge to try to improve the welfare of such a large number of animals, ranging from those kept as pets to those kept on large-scale farms. The RSPCA works in a number of different ways to encourage improvements, and always uses all available scientific information and practical evidence to support our arguments.”
This is an important campaign for me as I have kept pigs and would like to know that all pigs are kept in good conditions and are well looked after, so if you are on facebook then head over to the Think Pig page and lend your support.
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