A group of angry pigs took to the streets of York today (Thursday).
Farmers dressed as pigs demonstrated outside the Defra offices on Foss Islands Road. A meeting inside was vital for the future of an industry facing “devastation”, they said.
Farmers from around the UK are gathering in York as representatives take part in a roundtable discussion with Defra about what they say is a crisis in British pig production.
Around 20 to 30 farmers gathered wearing T-shirts saying: “Save Our Bacon”. Others dressed as pigs as banners were unfurled outside the office building.
Kate Morgan, who farms near Driffield, East Yorkshire, said: “We need to let them know how important this meeting is to our industry.
“We’re protesting to show our support and let them know that this meeting is vital to the industry.
“It’s going to be devastating. They must do something.”
She said there’s been about 40,000 pigs culled on farms and wasted.
“Forty independent farmers have decided to pack in and get out of pigs, which is devastating for the industry.”
She said: “We have just run out of space. Financially, emotionally, mentally, its just the worst place we’ve ever been in as industry. It’s destroying people.”