Inside the Warwickshire mega farm where pigs are caked in excrement and 'left to die for hours'

  • WARNING: This video contains images of animal abuse which some viewers may find upsetting. An animal rights organisation put hidden cameras inside a pig farm in Warwickshire to reveal the 'worst conditions' they'd ever seen.

A pig being eaten by other pigs and a piglet being trampled on have been seen in secret footage, which campaigners say shows the “grim reality” of life at a farm in Warwickshire.

Footage filmed by a private investigator, hired by animal rights organisation Animal Justice Project, was captured at Bickmarsh Hall Farm in Alcester over three months in September 2022.

8,000 pigs are housed at Bickmarsh Hall Farm - one of the UK's 'mega farms' - in 46 sheds.

The footage show a shivering and groaning piglet being trampled on and bitten by other pigs. Credit: Animal Justice Project

The hidden cameras show one pig being eaten by other pigs, while a shivering and groaning piglet is trampled on and bitten by others.

Ayrton Cooper from Animal Justice Project told ITV News Central that workers saw the pig suffering and left it for 13 hours, before removing it.

The farm rears pigs for pork producer, Cranswick Country Foods, which supplies some of the major supermarkets.

Bickmarsh Hall Farm is also Red Tractor approved - the UK's largest food and farm standards scheme, which indicates to consumers that food has been produced "to the highest standard".

Bickmarsh Hall Farm is one of the UK's mega farms, housing 8,000 pigs in 46 sheds. Credit: ITV News Central

ITV News Central spoke to the farm owner on the phone and they did not wish to comment.

The company Red Tractor, which audits Bickmarsh Hall Farm says the farm has been to be in compliance with animal welfare standards.

"Protecting animal welfare is a top priority and Red Tractor takes any allegations in this area very seriously. The AJP footage raised concerns and Red Tractor immediately completed an unannounced inspection of the farm. Taking all available evidence into account, Red Tractor found the farm in compliance with animal welfare standards.

"However, given the original concerns Red Tractor wrote to the owner to set out specific requirements designed to ensure standards continue to be met in future. Red Tractor's work continues to enforce compliance at the farm in question. We will conduct further unannounced inspections at that farm over the coming weeks, to ensure that the standards (and the specific requirements in our letter) continue to be met.”