• Short Summary

    PAMPERED LIKE TOURISTS AND NURSED LIKE ROYAL BABIES -- THE INMATES OF THIS PIG FARM IN HIDAKA, 30 MILES NORTH-EAST OF TOKYO.

  • Description

    PAMPERED LIKE TOURISTS AND NURSED LIKE ROYAL BABIES -- THE INMATES OF THIS PIG FARM IN HIDAKA, 30 MILES NORTH-EAST OF TOKYO. IT'S FORTUNATE THAT THE PIGS CAN'T READ .. OTHERWISE THEY WOULD HAVE PROTESTED AGAINST THIS OFFENSIVE SIGNBOARD "HOG FARM".

    THESE ARE SWEDISH LANDRACE PIGS IMPORTED AT THE PRICE OF US$800/- A HEAD. THERE ARE 350 OF THEM NOW, AND THE FARM IS PLANNING TO INCREASE IT TO 4,000.

    THE PIG-STY AT THIS HIDAKA FARM CAN COMPETE WITH ANY MODERN HOTEL -- THE "BIRTHS" ARE PROVIDED WITH ELECTRIC BLANKETS AND HOT-WATER SHOWERS. NO WONDER THE "APARTMENT" COST THE FARM ABOUT US$300,000 TO BUILD.

    THE PIGS HERE HAVE A HOT SHOWER TWICE A DAY, EAT CORN AND DRIED VEGETABLES, AND THEIR STYS ARE CLEANED WITH SPECIAL CHEMICALS. DID YOU SAY A PIG IS A DIRTY, GREEDY, GLUTTONOUS ANIMAL .. ?
    THE FARM IS NOT RUN BY A SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO PIGS .. BUT BY HARD-HEADED JAPANESE BUSINESSMEN. THE MANAGEMENT HAS THROWN IN ALL THESE COMFORTS AND INFRA-RED RAY BULBS TO WARM THE PIGLETS BECAUSE PIGS DO NOT REAR WELL ENOUGH IN JAPAN'S COLD CLIMATE.

    THE MANAGEMENT RECKONS THAT WITH THE ANNUAL BIRTH-RATE OF NINE TO TEN PIGLETS PER FEMALE PIG, THEY CAN EXPORT ABOUT 3,000 PIGS YEARLY TO MALAYA, INDONESIA, VIETNAM, THE PHILIPPINES AND THAILAND AT ABOUT US$250 PER HEAD .. AND STILL MAKE A PROFIT.

    A CLEAN BUSINESS PROPOSITION, THIS PIG FARM IN HIDAKA, JAPAN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8G8YWGGBFJ7WT6SJPHNVESPJZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA8G8YWGGBFJ7WT6SJPHNVESPJZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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