Superbugs in America's Pig Farms
A Meat and Dairy Industries Article from


Direct Action Everywhere (DxE)
July 2016

Farm or Pharmacy?

Everyone would slaughter or disease.

Three-week-old Miley, a baby pig at Farmer John - one of the world's largest farms - was stricken by a terrible disease. The bug spread into her blood despite the barrage of antibiotics fed to all the pigs. Soon, Miley lost the ability to stand. She was being trampled and eaten alive by other pigs when DxEís Open Rescue Network, including actor Alexandra Paul, arrived on the scene.


Pigs are confined so tightly that they often cannot turn their heads. They live in a constant state of stress, compromising their immune system.

diseased pig

confined pigs


Over 80% of the antibiotics in the US are fed to animals to promote growth and prevent disease. Farmer John regularly used half a dozen antibiotics crucial to human health.


Despite recognizing the threat, the government has failed to regulate the use of antibiotics. Documents from Farmer John show workers ignoring veterinarians' instructions.


Pigs donít want to sit in their own waste. But on these farms, filth covers everything, as the animals are forced to use the bathroom on top of each other.

conflined pigs

Saving Miley...

miley rescued

Read the entire DxE report: Superbugs in America's Pig Farms (PDF)

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