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Cumbijowa Piggery

Petition: Shut Down Cumbijowa Piggery

When you sign the petition, an email will be sent with the following letter along with your comment to these recipient(s):

Katrina Hodgkinson MP, Minister for Primary Industries

Dear [name],

I am writing to you in your capacity as the [position].

Information revealed recently from Aussie Farms' campaign against cruelty in the pork industry has alerted me to the inhumane practices being carried out at the intensive piggery on New Grenfell Road, Cumbijowa NSW, near Forbes.

A sow was discovered at this piggery with severe maggot-infested prolapses pushing through both her anus and vagina. As a result she was unable to sit down, and kept pacing back and forth and rubbing up against the back of her cage. There was no evidence that the wounds were being treated. While it is believed that the pig has now been killed after activists called the police to the property, this sort of injury does not happen overnight and demonstrates a complete neglect and disregard by the owner.

There were also dead piglets left in the aisles, and lactating pigs confined to tiny metal cages within 'farrowing crates' for up to six weeks at a time.

I implore you to do all in your power to shut down the Cumbijowa Piggery.

[your comment]

Yours sincerely,
[your name], [your postcode]

Aussie Farms

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  1. 1164

    jennifer woolard Wed 15/2/17 4:50pm

    Disgusting treatment of animals. Only a psychopath could work here.

  2. 1162

    Clive Riseam Mon 19/12/16 6:00pm

    It's a travesty when in this day and age, we let GREED and CRUELTY exist - perhaps the beneficiaries of the $s might want them and their families to spend their existence like that, that they are forcing on these animals - and absolute disgrace - boycott them for starters.

  3. 1159

    Tracey Clarke Sun 18/12/16 10:13am

    Change them or close them. Not a difficult thing to understand why?
    How can this still be happening in nearly 2017. Greed?

  4. 1157

    Michelle Cotterill Wed 7/12/16 8:40pm

    Stop this cruelty!

  5. 1156

    Christine Jones Wed 9/11/16 10:14pm

    I was one of a small number of people allowed to see inside a rural piggery. The farmer made every effort to improve the quality of the pigs' lives. Initiatives included ensuring the pens were clean and airy, giving them items to chew and play with, making sure they had space to move, and playing soft music, which they definitely enjoyed. They even had preferences as to what sort of music they liked, and would react differently to different types. Compared to this, large intensive factory farms are just horrible. You wouldn't wish that sort of life on your worst enemy. They've got to go.

  6. 1154

    nastja potočnik Thu 6/10/16 6:45am

    Animals should not live in this hell

  7. 1144

    Anonymous Tue 7/6/16 5:14pm

    Shameful to allow any sentient being get to this stage of neglect.

  8. 1138

    Spyridoula Gerolymatou Thu 14/4/16 4:44am

    We don't need meat industry anymore. Enough!

  9. 1130

    natalie robichaux Sat 23/1/16 9:36am

    Disgusting and evil to the core. How dare this be acceptable in our world. Humanity ur dam eyes.

  10. 1127

    Denis Boukhvalov Tue 5/1/16 11:40pm

    What if you, the people who slaughter the poor and helpless pigs, where in- humanly slaughtered like that?! How would you feel?! Would you still like that job?! You people who kills these poor and helpless pigs are monsters and you have no harts. God and people please save these little pigs!🐷🐽

  11. 1125

    Mitchell Parkinson Thu 17/12/15 10:22am

    Pigs have extremely complex emotions - they experience similar stress when being separated from their partner as humans do - and are having to suffer hearing the screams from inside the gas chamber. They scrabble desperately to escape.
    The footage shows a clearly disabled pig, unable to walk into a gas chamber, repeatedly prodded with an electric goad before a frustrated abattoir worker jumps into the run and kicks it twice.
    I believe everyone who eats pork should watch this film. If they are unmoved then fine, continue to eat pork, otherwise STOP, or at the very least make sure you know the supplier has eared and killed the animals in the lost humane ways possible.

  12. 1119

    Scott Miles Wed 25/11/15 8:46pm

    This is disgusting and anyone with any scrap of morals or dignity would put an end to this barbaric treatment of a fellow earth dweller.

  13. 1114

    Ralph Graham Mon 23/11/15 3:23pm

    Rising awareness shows killing animals to be unnecessary, highly inefficient ( for producing protein) , and downright inhumane. The cruelty in this piggery is unjustifiable and degrading to good people.

  14. 1111

    Layra Xavier Mon 23/11/15 11:12am

    Animal cruelty, I can't stand it. Go Vegan!

  15. 1101

    Adriana Bellemans Sat 21/11/15 7:52pm

    Please cease this cruelty. it's time to think outside the box & come up with new things to farm that are sustainable & don't involve the taking of lives.

  16. 1099

    Mitchell Parkinson Sat 21/11/15 6:50pm

    Please please stop this cruelty and have some compassion in your heart!

  17. 1095

    melissa jAne hall Sat 21/11/15 4:42pm

    stop this madness, there is no need for this cruelty

  18. 1085

    Christopher Emil Wenner Sat 21/11/15 10:58am

    There is no need to kill animals with the abundance of plant based foods in the world. Humane killing is a myth and only serves to distance us from the murder and mutilation done behind closed doors and served up in pretty packaging.

  19. 1081

    Renata Halpin Sat 21/11/15 7:03am

    I find it so sad that we have to sign petitions to ask humans to stop being cruel to animals, but here I am. If you are reading this, watch Lucent and stop buying products that cause the need for these farmers to breed and kill these beautiful animals. Open your hearts. Animals need our help. how we are treating them is wrong, and with knowledge comes RESPONSIBILITY.

  20. 1066

    Maria Mitchell Fri 20/11/15 10:25pm

    The treatment of these animals is disgusting. We have no right to inflict a life of misery and suffering on innocent living beings nor to end their short lives in fear and terror! Action must be taken to shut down these hell holes.

  21. 1062

    Samantha Hall Fri 20/11/15 10:04pm

    I am vehemently opposed to the abhorent torture of these highly intellegent, sentient, loving, innocent, helpless creatures who are at the mercy of humans choice of treatment inflictent upon them - please please have mercy on these beautiful animals and allow them to live the life they were put on this earth to do, to love and nurture their babies, and have a fear free and pain free existence - they are NO different to your pet dog or cat and deserve the same respect and protection. Humans have NO right to exploit them to simply satisfy their tastebuds. Most people eat "meat" only because most people eat meat - this is a rapidly decreasing trend, thank God. It is 2015 and time to EVOLVE to behave like the so called superior intelliget beings that we proport to be

  22. 1060

    Seaan winchester Fri 20/11/15 9:48pm

    Hell must be banished from our green Earth

  23. 1056

    Anonymous Mon 9/11/15 9:28am

    How do you sleep at night?
    Stop directly and indirectly causing pain & suffering or bear the bad karmic consequences and eventual public humiliation. Injustice doesn't go unnoticed forever!

  24. 1052

    Anonymous Fri 18/9/15 3:13pm

    Obviously you dont take your position seriously, maybe you should resign.

    Shut down this and ALL piggeries in Australia

  25. 1051

    Suzanne Jump Tue 18/8/15 1:41am

    These are living beings and they are living in appallingly unacceptable conditions. They deserve to have a life.

  26. 1047

    kerry cossins Tue 7/7/15 7:24pm

    I have now ceased eating all animal products due to the cruelty involved in how they are treated (mistreated). If companies cannot accept and do the right thing, then I will be part of the solution in solving the animal cruelty issue. Have a heart people, we are all in this world together. If companies cannot manage how animal are treated, then if there is no demand, change will have to occur.

  27. 1041

    Amber Jarvis Fri 22/5/15 10:26am

    Katrina, I implore you to do all in your power to shut down Wonga Piggery. How do you ignore these pleas when you surely can see that this is the saddest and most horrid display of inhumanity? Are you not in tears when you see and hear piglets cry for their mum, when you see pigs getting treated absolutely appalling!! You are not a human being if you do nothing about this!

  28. 1040

    Anonymous Sun 17/5/15 6:38pm

    Please shut this facility down. This is animal abuse plain and simple, it should not be occurring in the 21st century!

  29. 1038

    Anita Skewes Tue 14/4/15 2:06pm

    Compassion for all living beings

  30. 1034

    Robyn lyttle Wed 4/3/15 5:02pm

    I am absolutely ashamed to call myself a human. How can this happen. Please please please help these beautiful animals.

  31. 1028

    Jessica Cook Wed 14/1/15 10:06pm

    These piggeries are a crime against nature, they are hell on earth, whoever allows these to continue running are corrupt to the core. This sickens me to the point that I almost cannot look, but I have to or else these pigs will continue to suffer. PLEASE END THEIR SUFFERING BY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, SHUT DOWN THIS PIGGERY

  32. 1026

    Mell Lintern Sat 3/1/15 10:12am


  33. 1025

    Haley soar Fri 2/1/15 11:22pm

    How can these atrocities continue, i am disgusted to be a human and so should you.

  34. 1023

    Shanon Bell Wed 24/12/14 1:06am

    Australia is supposed to be a modern country but these practices are backwards and cruel! Be remembered for doing the RIGHT thing. Animals should not be allowed to be mistreated to line greedy humans' pockets.

  35. 1017

    Jennifer Robin Kyng Mon 15/12/14 1:12am

    ennifer Robin Kyng Sat 13/12/14 10:21am
    Jennifer Robin Kyng Sat 13/12/14 10:17am
    The cruelty and abuse that takes place in this piggery and others as part of normal standard practice is absolutely disgusting and utterly indefensible morally. The animals lives terrible lives and die in terror and in pain. These creatures are sentient beings. They feel pain, fear, horror and, like all mammals, grief. It is the height of ignorance and barbarity to assume that it is OK to treat sentient beings as if they were merely bits of machinery simply because they are animals. We too are animals. What outrage would we feel if a supposedly superior being treated us in this way? If we can treat animals like this then we can also treat our fellow humans this way, simply by designating them inferior.

  36. 1013

    Wendy Frerew Sat 13/12/14 1:13pm

    The intelligence and empathy of pigs have been established for a long time. It's criminal the way they're treated in most piggeries. These needlessly cruel practices must be stopped immediately.

  37. 1012

    Alannah Quinn Fri 12/12/14 8:37am

    Absolutely disgusting. Humanity, you should be ashamed.

  38. 1011

    Julie Ardill Thu 11/12/14 8:25pm

    What a nightmare these intelligent animals live in. This is unforgiveable treatment and must end now.

  39. 1009

    Deanna Wiley Thu 11/12/14 11:57am

    I write this is absolute utter disgust and a heavy heart on behalf of the mistreated animals all over Australia

    This farm needs to be shut down completely and the owner and managers all charged to never work in this industry ever again ensuring they do not open up again under any other name!

    If there is one thing you can do with your power you have is to help those who are helpless then please do this, not only will you earn some respect of those who are animal activists you will also be seen by the public as having a heart and good intentions.

    It is 2014 we should be moving forward as a nation and society not moving backwards and all becoming less aware of what is happening around us and careless.

    It is such a harsh reality that this is now seen as acceptable.

    Stop this now!

  40. 1003

    Sharon Koh Sat 29/11/14 8:31pm

    Atrocious! How can politicians stand by and let this happen?! Do you have no conscience??

  41. 996

    Adrianna Mammino Tue 25/11/14 8:26pm

    As a young Australian, I demand a stop to this violently cruel and disgusting industry.

  42. 992

    Kim Webster Sat 15/11/14 7:40pm

    Housing and breeding pigs this ways is wrong and needs to be illegal. The appalling conditions these animals face everyday is really happening and not speculation.

  43. 991

    cecilie drogseth Tue 4/11/14 7:42am

    we live in 2014, not for hundred years ago!!

  44. 987

    Anna Franklin Thu 30/10/14 9:08am

    Shame, shame, shame on all the authorities who know about these atrocities and do nothing to stop it!!!!!!!

  45. 985

    Greta wouters Wed 15/10/14 5:28am

    they have feelings and the way that they live is so cruel. please stop this!

  46. 983

    Anonymous Wed 8/10/14 2:41pm

    Please close this down

  47. 979

    antonio gargiulo Sat 27/9/14 5:13pm

    E' molto crudele

  48. 978

    Billy James Harness Tue 16/9/14 8:40pm

    The conditions in this facility are disgusting and unacceptable, Animals have rights the same as humans and they should not be treated in this way.

    I urge you to take action and close this facility down.

  49. 977

    Anonymous Mon 15/9/14 9:36pm

    You cruel bastards, do you not have have any humanity?? How can you run such an operation and let your animals suffer so much?? i accept that there is a place for well run piggeries as there is for for free range chooks, if you were smart you would change your methods and probably get a premium price for well raised pork!! idiots!

  50. 976

    Anonymous Mon 1/9/14 7:08am

    Please help these poor animals and relieve them of a life in hell - do you not recognise that they too have feelings and should be treated with the respect they deserve.

  51. 974

    Sandy Ritzo Wed 27/8/14 7:36am

    How can you look upon this photo and not have sorrow in your heart? This is inhumane and disgusting.

  52. 967

    CATALINA MORGAN Tue 26/8/14 12:05am


  53. 966

    Cheryl Bush Mon 25/8/14 11:10pm

    May all sentient beings be freed from their suffering at the hands of man.

  54. 961

    VALVERDE BELAYALI CHANTAL Mon 25/8/14 7:28pm


  55. 958

    rinki banerji Mon 25/8/14 4:33pm

    stop animal cruelty and such madness

  56. 950

    judy johnston Mon 25/8/14 9:01am

    shut it down for good!!!!

  57. 942

    Karin Lindberg Mon 25/8/14 4:30am

    The cruelty against the pigs must be stopped, it breaks my heart knowing how bad this intelligent animals are being treated 😢

  58. 940

    Claudia Overcast Mon 25/8/14 1:20am

    Poor innocent the mercy of us!

  59. 938

    Anonymous Mon 25/8/14 12:09am

    What is wrong with you people?!?

  60. 937

    Stella Kuperberg Sun 24/8/14 11:46pm

    Disgraceful to do to beautiful animals.

  61. 934

    Val Silver Sun 24/8/14 10:31pm

    This is so sad. Please show compassion to all creatures.

  62. 931

    christine Sun 24/8/14 9:07pm

    JjUST STOP THE SUFFRING...barbaric should hang your heads in shame...

  63. 924

    Anonymous Sun 24/8/14 4:29pm

    Please stop animal cruelty.

  64. 922

    Linda Derosa Sun 24/8/14 3:37pm

    There is no excuse for animal abuse.

  65. 915

    Annelie Engelmann Sun 24/8/14 9:30am

    Shame on Australia for not going after these horrible people who do this.

  66. 910

    Annie McMahon Sun 24/8/14 5:43am

    Barbarism rules here. This the furthest thing from civilization!

  67. 907

    Jeanie Sun 24/8/14 4:34am

    Oz I Thought u were a first world country. Clearly not. Disgusting

  68. 904

    Denise Towle Sun 24/8/14 4:13am

    Anyone who treats animals this way has no soul!

  69. 903

    Anonymous Sun 24/8/14 4:10am


  70. 896

    Deborah Devic Sun 24/8/14 3:08am

    STOP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. 895

    Katia duverglas Sun 24/8/14 2:46am

    Such a shame

  72. 894

    Jules Owen Sun 24/8/14 2:46am

    Stop this now!!!!!!

  73. 886

    Andreea Alexandra Mihai Sun 24/8/14 1:47am

    STOP THE CRUELTIES NOW PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. 885

    nancy machado Sun 24/8/14 1:43am

    They have the same right to live

  75. 881

    Sandra Faucher Sun 24/8/14 1:32am

    there is NO excuse for animal abuse

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