The largest pig factory farming company in the world, Smithfield Foods, owns a factory farm close to Wieckowice in Poland that has contracted African Swine Fever. On April 8, 2020, The Guardian published a story stating that the farm would be culling over 10,000 piglets.
When I visited Wieckowice to record my 2009 Channel 4 documentary Pig Business, I met locals and workers who were afflicted with digestive, respiratory, and brain disorders as a result of the factory’s hazardous emissions, which has now closed. To document the suffering of pigs in factory farms, I scaled the perimeter fences. I also conducted interviews with Smithfield Foods’ US lawyer, local directors, EU bankers, and EU bureaucrats to learn their justifications for destroying rural culture, economies, and health.