An organic pork firm has been forced to put down 3 pigs on its premises, after investigations by authorities into animal welfare concerns.
1. The Happy Pig Company, based in Peversey, East Sussex, was visited by East Sussex Trading Standards on 26/01/10, which alerted the DEFRA Agency Animal Health of “potential welfare issues.”
2. A statement said: “Animal Health veterinary officers visited the establishment and the remains of at least 4 pigs were discovered. The premises was place under movement restrictions on Wednesday 27/01/10. Investigations by Animal Health and East Sussex Trading Standards are ongoing.”
3. The Happy Pig Company is run by Andrew Dyer-Wright and Keith Barnett, whose background is in IT. In an e-mail to the Meat Trades Journal, Barnett claimed that recent media reports of the incident were based on “hearsay and gossip.”