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Item in Ray-Carroll Cooperative News (Richmond, MO):<br><br><br><br>
"In the grow-finish phase, a maximum of 25 to 30 pigs per pen will give top performance. Overcrowding may result in gastric ulcers, tail biting or cannibalism, as well as reduced gain and increased feed conversion."<br><br><br><br>
Cannibalism? Learn something new everyday. Another reason to avoid eating meat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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Ive seen a male kill and eat part of a piglet once when the piglet got loose <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
They generally cut most of the tail off soon after birth to avoid it getting bitten off the same time the notch the ears and do the castrations
 

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They generally cut most of the tail off soon after birth to avoid it getting bitten off the same time the notch the ears and do the castrations</div>
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Tail-docking does not prevent tail-biting in piglet groups. Never has and never will. What it <b>does</b> do is raise the pain level for the victim of tail-biting, under the expectation that the victim will then move away from the aggressor more quickly and keep moving to avoid re-injury.<br><br><br><br>
But where or how far can the victim go, when s/he already exists shoulder-to-shoulder in a utterly inappropriate environment that exponentially raises the both the level and incidence of abberant porcine behavior in the first place?<br><br><br><br>
Please, start asking some serious questions in this class you're in before you exit it knowing nothing at all of any importance about pigs.
 

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Sorrow if they cut it off it cant be bitten...</div>
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There's no "I Give Up" smiley to insert here, so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dozey.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":tired:"> will have to do. Best of luck in your future endeavors.
 

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The tail is still bitten even after docking. In the documentary "Earhtlings", there is footage of pigs with their tails bloody and it even shows pigs chewing on eachother. Tail docking is essentially useless.
 

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..... I dont agree with anything im the meat industry but they cut the tails of and throw them away they dont let the pigs loose to go through the dumpsters<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I have loads of experience with this **** at school they wanted me to dock the tails of course i refuse to take part in that
 

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If you look at photos of factory farm pigs you'll see the tail is not usually completely gone, there is a little stump left.<br><br>
The stump is sensitive and even a depressed pig will fight against other pigs' attempts to bite it, whereas a stressed and depressed factory pig with an intact tail may not.<br><br>
This is why factory farmers dock most but not all of the tail.
 
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