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Pregnant pigs shot dead in field

Farmer believes pigs were slaughtered for meat


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The pigs were shot on Saturday evening
The pigs were shot on Saturday evening

Armed police were called to a farm after two pigs were shot dead at a field in Worcestershire.

 

Farmer Kate Daniels said she discovered the free range pigs at about 10pm on Saturday evening and immediately called the police.

 

Both the pigs were young females (gilts) in their second trimester of pregnancy.

 

Ms Daniels, who farms with her partner Alison Bowden in Mount Pleasant, Crossway Green, said as well as the emotional impact, the financial loss to the business was in the region of £800.

 

“I am gutted. This is a mindless act,” she said.

 

“I’m worried about the remaining pigs; stress can make them ill.

 

“Our customers love seeing the pigs out in the field when they come to the farm shop, but we are now worried about them being out in the open. How can we protect them from this?”

 

Ms Daniels said the pigs had been shot as if for slaughter – one between the eyes and the other in the mouth.

 

No gunshots were heard and police believe the weapon could have been a .22 calibre, potentially fitted with a suppressor.

 

“I suspect they were after the meat,” added Ms Daniels.

 

“I’ve read in the farming press about attacks on sheep like this, with butchery carried out in the field – I’ve never come across anyone taking on a pig before though.”

 

“We would like to reassure all of our customers that business will continue as normal, despite this upsetting episode. If we have a shortage of home produced pork, we will seek help from farming friends who share our ethos about raising pigs in a high welfare system.”

 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact West Mercia Police via 101.

 


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