Animal rights activist wants to live like a pig
An Australian animal rights activist wants to live like a pig for three weeks.
Ralph Hahnheuser has challenged commercial piggeries to put him in a sow stall for three weeks.
Mr Hahnheuser, from Animal Liberation of South Australia, wants to bring attention to piggery conditions.
During his three weeks, he expects to suffer pressure sores and pneumonia, like many pigs in the cramped pens.
"But I'll be fortunate in that I'll be monitored routinely and if things become completely unbearable, I will be able to pull out of it," Mr Hahnheuser told the Herald Sun.
"The best a pig can hope for is a bullet in the head."
Mr Hahnheuser said sow stalls are two metres long by just 60cm wide, giving pigs no room to turn around.
"This is not something that should be done willy-nilly," he said. "The point of this is just to show what condition the pigs are kept in.
"To give them no straw, no bedding, no nothing is totally reprehensible and there's no excuse for it."
But his stunt may never happen - he has yet to find a piggery that would agree to his challenge.
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Sunday, December 12, 2004
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