500,000 Pigs to Be Killed in Chilean Farm Dispute

May 29, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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View of a dead pig in a hangar housing thousands of pigs in the Agrosuper slaughterhouse in Freirina, some 500 miles (800 km) north of Santiago, on May 22. (Alex Fuentes/AFP/GettyImages)

Around half a million pigs on a farm in Chile will be killed because of health concerns after a dispute between locals and the company that left the pigs unattended for five days.

“They are going to be slaughtered. They are not going to another farm, nor to another plant,” Jose Guzman, chief executive of Agrosuper, the owner of the pig farm in the village of Freirina, was quoted by AFP as saying.

The dispute between the corporation and the community began in September when locals lodged complaints about bad smells emanating from the farm causing them to become ill.

Neighbors from the small village blocked access to the farm for several days, saying, “enough is enough,” MercoPress reported.

This prompted Santiago to declare an emergency due to the likelihood that many of the pigs had already died because they were unattended. Residents said there was a foul smell coming from the farm over the past several days.

The protests later turned violent, with all several hundred workers abandoning the farm. Several police cars were torched in the incident.

The removal of the pigs is too much for the farm’s owner or the government, as it would require an estimated 50,000 trucks to remove them, Guzman told AFP.

“The clearance plan must be an intelligent process so as not to cause an impact to the health of the nearby population,” Deputy Health Minister Lilian Sandoval told MercoPress.

Due to the protests and road blockade, Guzman blamed local residents for creating the health crisis.

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