TORONTO (October 9, 2014) – This week, Canada’s #1 investigative documentary series W5 reveals an exclusive hidden-camera investigation exposing the disturbing and often inhumane treatment of pigs as they are transported for slaughter at a Canadian processing facility. Premiering this Saturday, October 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and on-demand on CTV NEWS GO, “THESE LITTLE PIGGIES” exposes troubling treatment at a federally-monitored Alberta plant where millions of pigs are marshaled on the way to the slaughterhouse. The episode follows W5’s successful season-opening doubleheader investigation into the Ebola outbreak and the alarming incidence of hospital patient suicides, which attracted 760,000 viewers on CTV – an 8% increase over last season’s premiere episode.
W5 Senior Reporter Victor Malarek reports on Western Hog Exchange (WHE), a Red Deer, Alta. production facility that processes two million pigs annually. In video captured secretly by animal rights organization Mercy for Animals Canada and provided exclusively to W5, pigs being housed in the facility are shown enduring cruel treatment and horrific conditions. Footage from the facility depicts workers using specialized bats to force pigs, including sick and injured hogs, through crowded and overflowing pens. It also shows facility workers forcing pigs that can barely walk to move by using electric prods and shoving them with gates enclosing their pens.
In some of the undercover footage, inspectors from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are seen on-site at the animal processing facility. The inspectors, who are meant to enforce humane animal transportation laws, appear largely oblivious to the abuse and are even shown supplying workers with electric prods to use on the pigs.