Operations/Project mangment – Ethics – Pig/Hog Farming.
For the sake of efficiency and lower costs. Premium Standard Farms of Princeton, Missouri, has turned pig production into standardized product-focused process. Slaughterhouses have done this for a hundred years–but after the animal was dead. Doing it while the animal is alive is a relatively recent innovation. Here is how it works. Impregnated female sows wait for 40 days in metal stalls so small that they cannot turn around. After an ultrasound test, they wait 67 days in a similar stall until they give birth. Two weeks after delivering 10 or 11 piglets, the sows are moved back to breeding rooms for another cycle. After 3 years the sow is slaughtered. Animal welfare advocates say such confinement drives pigs crazy. Premium Standard replies that its hogs are in fact comfrotable, arguing that only 1% die before Premium Standard wants them to. Discuss the productivity and etical implicaiton of this industy and these two divergetn opinions. Come to a conculussion and substianitate your position.