Animal rights campaigners chain themselves to pigsties
More than 120 masked animal rights protesters broke into a Spanish abattoir and chained themselves to sties after freeing seven pigs.
The dawn raid took place at the Riudellots slaughterhouse in Girona, with demonstrators wearing scarves over their faces and carrying posters asking for the killing to stop.
Several members of the group came armed with chains and then locked themselves onto railings for ten hours.
Officers with the Los Mossos squad tried to negotiate with them but they would not budge and were eventually forcibly removed.
The French group, Liberation Animale later confirmed they had taken seven adult pigs, saying: ““Sacco, Vanzetti, Sacha, Anaël, Pouiki, Sydney and Louison are on their way to new resistance spaces!”
Catalonia’s government warned of “the risks for animal and public health from entering farms and abattoirs without the appropriate biosecurity measures.
“Forceful entries like this one put at risk food safety. They also affect animal welfare enormously, causing stress and distress incidents,” said a spokesman.
A statement from the group read: “The seven animals released from the Friselva slaughterhouse have arrived in the various sanctuaries where they discover with curiosity their new place of life and meet their comrades.”