Save the Pembrokeshire #53Pigs

Update: #53pigs SAVED!

We have recently instructed solicitors about the fate of 53 pigs. The pigs in question have already endured and been rescued from unimaginable cruelty yet are still facing imminent death.

The pigs were recently rescued from Bramble Hall Farm in Wales after an investigation into an illegal ‘smokies’ slaughterhouse being operated on the premise. Smokies are a delicacy in West Africa, but have been outlawed by the European Union in 1987, due to public health concerns. Serious welfare concerns were also reported at the farm.

However, in a cruel twist of fate the 53 pigs rescued have had a destruction order placed on them by the Magistrates Court after an application from Pembrokeshire County Council, due to the risk that they may have consumed dead animals on the farm and therefore possibly contracted Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE), the same disease that was prevalent in the 80s and 90s in cows (BSE).

Whilst the disease is serious, the council confirmed to us that the only concern with regard to public health is if the animals enter the food chain, something we can ensure will not happen if the pigs are handed over to a sanctuary.

However, the council says it will only consider handing over to a sanctuary if it is unsuccessful in first attempting to sell the pigs and recoup costs, something it cannot do unless DEFRA confirms there is not a risk of TSE.

It is sad that after all the animals have endured, they still face slaughter, either wastefully under the current destruction order or under normal slaughter for the food chain if the TSE risk is lifted. This is despite the fact a sanctuary is willing to take them on, which will avoid any risk whether the pigs have TSE or not.

We have been informed by our solicitors, Advocates for Animals, that the irony of the council’s behaviour is that it is using powers under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, an act designed to safeguard the welfare of the animals. Whilst destruction of an animal can be carried out under this act it must be done for welfare reasons, not public health. Ordering such an action where there is no longer a welfare concern makes a mockery of the act.

Please help our campaign to save the pigs by sharing this blog on social media and informing the council of your disapproval by emailing: [email protected]

Comments (7)

  • Lisa Barrett Reply

    Save the pigs.

    25th March 2019 at 5:53 pm
  • Daniela Holmes Reply

    It occurs to me that this is just a despicable act of mockery by the council regarding the welfare of the poor pigs. Do the right thing and send them to a sanctuary.

    25th March 2019 at 10:30 pm
  • Ethan Reply


    26th March 2019 at 4:42 am
  • Yong Brown Reply

    The best thing to do is give the pigs to the sanctuary plain and simple, thank you!

    30th March 2019 at 1:14 am
  • Lou Reply

    Why should any animal be born to die so miserably ?? I am anti Abattoirs, period. But to know these poor creatures have suffered so much already surely they deserve to know what love, care, freedom & companionship feels like. Please, give these Pigs a chance to realise that not all humans are vile & cruel. We are people who care but we cannot do this alone. We need you to help. Thank you.

    13th April 2019 at 10:06 am
  • Janey M Reply

    Poor #53 pigs have already been through so much suffering.. Show compassion toward them, they havent done nothing wrong and can be spared..
    Release them to a sanctuary!

    19th April 2019 at 12:04 am
  • Caroline Brannen Reply

    Be responsible and humane ~ send these poor pigs to a sanctuary.

    21st April 2019 at 9:05 am

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