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Tiger Brands defends gassing pigs before slaughter

The practice stuns the pigs causing them to suffocate after squealing in panic.

FILE. Tiger Brands has defended a practice where pigs are gassed before being slaughtered. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Tiger Brands has defended a practice where pigs are gassed before they're slaughtered.

The Pork Packers' Abattoir in eastern Johannesburg, which supplies meat to Enterprise Foods, a company owned by Tiger Brands, has been slammed for using carbon dioxide to gas the animals.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) is outraged, saying it's inhumane.

CEO Marcelle Meredith says they presented alternative methods to Tiger Brands, which the company rejected on the basis that they would be more costly.

"They thought that there was absolutely no suffering of the pigs even though we had footage and sat together and tried to come to some agreement. It was just not possible."

But Tiger Brands' Andrew Cox says what they do is common practice.

"On a scale of animal welfare, we would submit and it supported my quite significant scientific research as well as global best practice with 800 systems around the world employing the system that indeed it is the best alternative."

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