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pig farmers fight back

Animal rights activists facing huge fine

Published lördag 5 mars 2011 kl 11.55
Pigs with open sores were filmed by the activists. Photo: Djurättsalliansen

Two animal rights activists that were involved in revelations of the mistreatment of animals in Sweden's pig farms two years ago are now facing a court bill and damages of almost US$150 000, reports Swedish Radio News.

They are being sued by the former head of the trade organisation Swedish Meats, Lars Hultström. He was forced to quit his job following accusations of animal cruelty at his farm.

The activists broke into 90 farms around Sweden to document mistreatment, and filmed dead pigs lying in the sties and others with open wounds. The activists reported much of what they had seen and filmed to the police, but so far none of the farmers have been prosecuted.

The two activists have admitted illegally entering Hultström's farm.

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