Tell Tesco To Dump Hogwood

Last year vegan charity and campaign group Viva! undertook an undercover investigation into Hogwood pig farm in Warwickshire who supply pork to Tesco.

What they found was truly horrific. When Viva! approached Tesco about their findings Viva! (which were featured in the Sunday Mirror), Tesco refused to drop it as a supplier – reassuring customers that it takes animal welfare ‘extremely seriously’ and that it expects producers to meet ‘stringent, industry-leading requirements’.

Viva! returned this year to find little had changed and in fact had become worse.

“Once again, heart-breaking footage unveils abhorrent conditions that cannot be ignored – overcrowding, pigs covered in excreta, barren, filthy conditions, animals abandoned to die, and cannibalism. In difficult-to-watch scenes, one piglet who had been dumped in a gangway with other sick pigs, was being eaten alive by others. The same callous abandoning of animals in need was filmed during Viva! Campaigns first investigation inside Hogwood.

You can watch the footage at viva.org.uk/hogwood

So Viva! is calling for people to take a stand against this Red Tractor approved farm and tell Tesco to drop Hogwood as a supplier.

You can do this by

1. Signing the petition

2. Writing to Tesco directly. You can use the following template from Viva!

Dear Dave Lewis, Tesco Plc Group Chief Executive

In view of Viva! Campaigns shocking new undercover investigation at Hogwood Farm in Warwickshire, I urge you to immediately drop the farm as a supplier. Last year Viva! Campaigns exposed abhorrent conditions on Hogwood. In response to this to this Tesco refused to drop the farm as a supplier assuring customers that it takes animal welfare ‘extremely seriously’ and that it expects producers to meet ‘stringent industry-leading requirements’.

It is a shock, therefore, that a second investigation inside Hogwood, carried out only weeks ago (July 2018), reveals overcrowding, pigs covered in excreta, barren and filthy conditions, animals abandoned to die, continued use of farrowing crates and… cannibalism. In difficult-to-watch scenes, a piglet who has been dumped in a gangway with other sick pigs, was literally being eaten alive by others. This is not the first time that the dumping of sick pigs has been filmed here. The same callous abandoning of animals in need was filmed during the first investigation inside Hogwood.

The problems at Hogwood have not gone. In fact in some cases they have got worse. It is clear that Tesco does NOT take animal welfare seriously nor the concerns of customers. Your company’s failure to keep pigs from pain and suffering at Hogwood shows that your assurances are meaningless.

Tesco must act now and hold Hogwood accountable. I urge you to immediately drop the farm as a supplier.

Yours Sincerely

Name and Address

Please send to –

Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive, Tesco PLC Head Office, Tesco House, Shire Park, Kestrel Way, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 1GA

3. Contact Tesco on social media

Facebook:

Help Hogwood Pigs! One year on, what has changed? Viva!’s second investigation of Hogwood Horror Farm has exposed shocking abuse and undeniable welfare breaches. Help #HogwoodPigs. Sign the petition—every little helps. www.viva.org.uk/hogwood/

Twitter:

I’ve pledged to help #HogwoodPigs. Join me in urging @Tesco to dump Hogwood Horror Farm. Sign the petition now—every little helps www.viva.org.uk/hogwood/ @vivacampaigns

Instagram:

Help Hogwood Pigs! I’ve signed the petition urging @tescofood to dump Hogwood Farm! Will you help close Hogwood Farm once and for all? See the videos and follow the link on @vivacharity #HogwoodPigs

4. Take part in a demonstration at a Tesco store on Viva’s nationwide day of action, this Saturday 11th August. Find your local event here.

Customers can have an impact and enact change. Please don’t be a bystander.

Plumes x

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Tell Tesco To Dump Hogwood

Mini Tesco Vegan Haul

I don’t often do a big shop in Tesco as I don’t drive and don’t have a larger store that close to me. As I had seen Tesco had launched some new vegan products I made a special visit after swimming with my Mum this week.

I’ve tried some of the Wicked Kitchen range before so I picked up one of my faves the BBQ mushroom pizza. I also got the gunpowder potato chana masala which I haven’t tried before to take to work for lunch.

I love the thick and creamy Alpro Go On soya yogurts so I always pick up a couple when I visit any supermarket stocking them. I also picked up one of Alpro’s newer products the big pot in their “more fruit, no added sugar” range in mango. I’ve seen these on other people’s feeds and was really interested in trying them. The last Alpro product is a mini version of their chilled caramel coffee drinks. I’ve tried the hazelnut version in the larger pack and love that they’ve released these smaller versions for when you’re on the go.

I have also seen the Swedish Glace caramel toffee cones online and I had one of these in the car on the way home. It’s great to see the variety of vegan ice cream expanding and these are a great addition.

My favourite Nakd bars are the peanut ones but unfortunately this this Tesco store didn’t stock them, but they did have these Peanut Nine bars and they were offer so I’m going to give these a go.

Lastly I bought the Vivera Veggie Shawarma Kebab. I have tried other Vivera products such as the pulled veggie (alternative to pulled pork) and the chicken style pieces. Now Tesco have started selling these products they have an exclusive to sell the veggie steak which has been written about quite a lot in the press. Unfortunately they had all sold out of the steaks. My Mum took the last veggie fish gougons and I had the last veggie kebab pack so it’s great to see how popular these products are. Hopefully they can keep up with demand so people aren’t disappointed.

Other new products I saw but didn’t buy were these Salted Caramel Pots from The Coconut Collaborative, I was very tempted by these but as we had a heavy eating session in Camden this week (if you’ve seen my other recent blog posts!) I wanted to lay off too many desserts but will definitely pick these up in the future.

Another coconut product are these Alpro coconut desserts available in the dry goods free from aisle. I think there are five flavours of this range now, so again it is great to see more products available and ranges expanding.

Lastly we have these burgers from Strong Roots. My freezer is pretty full at the moment but I love the sound of these as they are more veggie based rather than a meat alternative.

What new vegan products have you been trying out lately? What am I missing? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Mini Tesco Vegan Haul