Hogwood Farms, Animal Rights
Tesco stands by supplier Hogwood Farms after animal rights charges filed by VEVA! / Picture source: Evening Standard

Tesco stands by supplier following pig cruelty claims

TESCO bosses have denied allegations by animal rights activists that one of its suppliers is cruel to pigs.

The supermarket giant hit back at claims that pigs were living in poor conditions and said strict animal welfare standards were adhered to.

It has emerged that animal rights group VEVA! secretly filmed animals apparently being badly cared for at Hogwood Farm, in Wokingham, Berkshire in the UK.

The group now plans a national wide campaign of disruption in protest against Tesco.

But Tesco stood the supplier.

A spokesperson said:

“We are satisfied with the conditions animals are kept in, and are confident they are treated well. Hogwood Farm has been approved by the Red Tractor ‘assurance scheme’ and the APHA.”

In response the founder and director of Viva!, Juliet Gellatley, said:

“Viva! has filmed in dozens of pig farms and Hogwood is one of the worst – I was honestly sickened by what I saw there.

“Sadly, a profound abuse of animals takes place on all factory farms, which now produce over 90 per cent of all pig meat.”

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