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Wonga Piggery

Petition: Shut Down Windridge Farms' Wonga 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 Wonga Piggery, Young NSW, which is owned by Windridge Farms.

In the footage and photographs obtained by activists, I saw: dead and dying piglets left out in the open; piglets whose legs have become trapped in the cage floors; sows confined to tiny cages within farrowing crates and sow stalls or packed into "group housing", many with large open injuries, others with smaller wounds indicative of fighting caused by overcrowding and a lack of stimulation; pigs living in their own faeces; round-the-clock artificial lighting; and infestations of flies and rats with rat droppings littered throughout piglet feed.

The bright white sterility of some of the farrowing rooms are a perfect example of how mechanised and factory-like modern animal "farming" has become, with sentient animals treated as nothing more than units of production. Despite their best efforts, the industry has once again proven that there is no ethical way to raise and kill pigs for human consumption.

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

[your comment]

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

Aussie Farms

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  1. 1262

    Leanne Berghuis Wed 3/1/18 9:18pm

    Let's not pussyfoot around here, EACH and EVERY ONE of these piggeries are a disgusting torturous place for any being! They ALL need to be SHUT DOWN!
    Meat, dairy, egg Industries are behind cruel. We all know this, the authorities know this but they are gutless and too selfish to do anything about it. Add they most likely get $$$ from these industries to protect them.
    I am so thankful to the bravery of activists whom put themselves at risk to bring us the true stories of these poor suffering animals to light.
    These activists need all the help they can get.
    Let's face it those in authority have failed us.
    We, the public, if we all stand together, do indeed have the power to effect change.

  2. 1259

    Keshna Olding Sat 23/9/17 10:32am

    Shut it down NOW!

  3. 1258

    pauline brock Thu 14/9/17 5:47am

    this is disgusting cruel and very very wrong and this cruelty needs to stop all pigs deserve to live and these filthy workers who abuse these precious animals need to be punished

  4. 1257

    Pearl bowen Tue 22/8/17 3:22am


  5. 1246

    Michelle Jensz Sun 5/3/17 3:08am

    Many Australians don't know the truth about what goes on in our factory farms. This is hideous, cruel and inhumane.

  6. 1242

    Anonymous Tue 27/12/16 11:40am

    SHUT IT DOWN NOW!!!!!!

  7. 1240

    Clive Riseam Mon 19/12/16 6:01pm

    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.

  8. 1239

    Karen Hatti Mon 19/12/16 3:33pm


  9. 1236

    Lea McKiernan Mon 19/12/16 12:35pm

    What a disgusting example of the human race.

  10. 1233

    Tracey Clarke Sun 18/12/16 10:11am

    Why do you have to put them through this? They must be bred but does it have to be so disgustingly set up? Have you people no soul at all?

  11. 1231

    Michelle Cotterill Wed 7/12/16 8:39pm

    Stop this cruelty!

  12. 1230

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

    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.

  13. 1227

    nastja potočnik Thu 6/10/16 5:46am

    Our animals should not live in the hell!!!

  14. 1219

    Anonymous Wed 10/8/16 4:40pm

    We demand humane treatment of animals, the Government must act to abolish cruelty tin the industry and prosecute the owners who are making money from torture and abusive of defenceless animals.

  15. 1206

    Dhani Weir Fri 22/4/16 10:35pm

    This needs to stop NOW. It is NOT right to treat these beautiful animals this way. My heart aches for the poor defenceless creatures. This makes me sooo angry.

  16. 1205

    Fiona D'Souza Fri 22/4/16 5:18pm

    This is inhumane and should not be allowed in a supposedly enlightened country.

    Fiona D'Souza

  17. 1204

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

    We don't need meat industry anymore. Enough!

  18. 1202

    Linda Quelch Mon 11/4/16 7:44am

    Help them please!

  19. 1201

    Ross jeffery Sun 3/4/16 11:00am

    There is no justification for cruelty in the modern world

  20. 1200

    Anonymous Tue 8/3/16 1:03pm


  21. 1197

    Anonymous Tue 16/2/16 1:47pm

    I think these activists go to far in demanding the closure of every piggery. However the industry standards need to be changed, In this day and age it is possible to kill pigs without such cruelty. I implore to do something ANYTHING!! I am not a greenie and I eat meat but I cannot stand to see these animals suffer like they so clearly are. How can you?

  22. 1193

    natalie robichaux Sat 23/1/16 9:34am

    Disgusting and evil to the core how dare this be acceptable. Open ur dam eyes.

  23. 1191

    Alana Bacon Sat 16/1/16 1:04pm

    I will do all in my power to educate people about the cruelty being
    inflicted on these poor defenceless pigs. When enough people wake up & realise they can live healthy happy lives without contributing to this torture, then these houses of hell, operated by callous heartless
    individuals, will be relegated to the dark ages where they belong.

  24. 1189

    Denis Boukhvalov Tue 5/1/16 11:38pm

    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!🐷🐽

  25. 1186

    Mitchell Parkinson Thu 17/12/15 10:21am

    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.

  26. 1181

    Kelly Nelder Thu 26/11/15 7:56am


  27. 1179

    Scott Miles Wed 25/11/15 8:44pm

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

  28. 1175

    Jezebel Leto Mon 23/11/15 5:54pm

    Please stop this madness!

  29. 1172

    Ralph Graham Mon 23/11/15 3:22pm

    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.

  30. 1169

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

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

  31. 1168

    Kim Nakajima Sun 22/11/15 10:49pm

    Absolute cruelty

  32. 1159

    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.

  33. 1157

    Mitchell Parkinson Sat 21/11/15 6:49pm

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

  34. 1153

    Melissa Jane hall Sat 21/11/15 4:42pm

    stop this madness, there is no need for this cruelty

  35. 1141

    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.

  36. 1137

    Renata Halpin Sat 21/11/15 7:02am

    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.

  37. 1123

    Tanisha de Villiers Fri 20/11/15 10:59pm

    Close these places down for good.

  38. 1114

    Samantha Hall Fri 20/11/15 9:57pm

    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

  39. 1113

    Graham Carter Fri 20/11/15 9:47pm

    Please, please stop this barbarism

  40. 1112

    Seaan Winchester Fri 20/11/15 9:46pm

    Hell must be banished from our green earth

  41. 1108

    Anonymous Mon 9/11/15 9:27am

    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!

  42. 1102

    Anonymous Fri 18/9/15 3:11pm

    I am disgusted that Wonga Piggery is still running.

    Shut this piggery down or lose a lot of votes.

  43. 1101

    Suzanne Jump Tue 18/8/15 3:48am

    Please put an end to this appalling and unnecessary treatment.

  44. 1094

    jillian mcgrath Tue 4/8/15 8:36am

    This is a barbaric way to keep pigs its a living hell where is the compassion

  45. 1092

    JoAnn Ellis Tue 4/8/15 8:08am

    Please shut down Wonga Piggery where the animals are being treated inhumanely! Their lives are hell on earth!!!

  46. 1074

    Anonymous Sun 26/7/15 7:25pm

    To call Wonga Piggery a bunch of pigs would be an insult to the beautiful animals they are giving a life of hell! ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED

  47. 1072

    kerry Cossins Tue 7/7/15 7:22pm

    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.

  48. 1066

    Amber Jarvis Fri 22/5/15 10:24am

    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!

  49. 1065

    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!

  50. 1062

    Anita Skewes Tue 14/4/15 2:05pm

    Compassion for all living beings.

  51. 1056

    Darren Hardy Mon 2/2/15 4:40pm

    Just another Cruel piggery they should be shut down also.

  52. 1051

    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

  53. 1047

    Hayley Gilbert Fri 26/12/14 4:51pm

    Please HELP us HELP them!

  54. 1046

    Shanon Bell Wed 24/12/14 1:05am

    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.

  55. 1036

    Wendy Frere 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.

  56. 1035

    Jennifer Robin Kyng Sat 13/12/14 10:22am

    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 human, simply by designating them inferior.

  57. 1032

    Julie Ardill Thu 11/12/14 8:22pm

    This is a horrendous way to be housing these intelligent animals. This cruelty must end. This is a nightmare.

  58. 1031

    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!

  59. 1027

    Vicki Brooks Tue 2/12/14 12:27pm

    I honestly hope that you will reconsider what you are doing, and realise that animals are not our food.

    We are not the superior being on this Earth, and would be best to remember that us as humans are fragile and weak.

    Please end this for your own conscience and for the sake of the existence of this earth.

  60. 1023

    Sharon Koh Sat 29/11/14 8:32pm

    I feel animals' pain keenly...everytime you hurt them you are hurting ME. Stop it!!

  61. 1016

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

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

  62. 1012

    Kim Webster Sat 15/11/14 7:31pm

    Housing and breeding pigs this way is wrong and needs to be Illegal. The appalling conditions these animal are living everyday is really happening and not speculation.

  63. 1010

    Satu Kokkonen Tue 4/11/14 6:53pm


  64. 1009

    cecilie drogseth Tue 4/11/14 7:39am

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

  65. 1001

    I. Schuite Tue 7/10/14 3:48am

    please end this crue holocaust NOW !!

  66. 998

    antonio gargiulo Sat 27/9/14 5:11pm


  67. 997

    Anonymous Mon 15/9/14 12:43am

    And it's already a crime to slaughter innocent humans, look between the cracks.

  68. 996

    ROBERT MATTHIAS Sun 14/9/14 8:09pm

    how many other so called respectable companies hide the truth that money matters more than anything else. how sad that we find those consumed by greed failing to apply common sense with a moral code of care for the welfare of their animals. so often we hear people say they are for slaughter anyway. Animals feel pain and stress and pigs are amongst the most intelligent

  69. 990

    Frantzeska Tyrannes Mon 25/8/14 9:57pm

    So painful to think that you think is fine and normal, that you can even imagine that we are allowed to confine and torture such sweet living beings. Animals are humans, too, stop their suffering, please, please stop it now.

  70. 987

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


  71. 972

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

    When will we humans stop the madness??

  72. 970

    Elise N. Zoli Mon 25/8/14 12:10am

    A thorough indictment of human greed.

  73. 966

    Val Silver Sun 24/8/14 10:32pm

    Treat others, including animals, how you would want to be treated. Be a good example to the world.

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