How to use this site

The link "Katso kuvat ja videot!" takes you to a page where you can select broiler farms (Broileritilat), pig factories (Sikalat) and egg farms (Kanalat). On these pages you can choose individual farms on the menu on the right and see pictures and videos of each farm.

 High resolution photos for media use are located under Media -> Korkearesoluutioisia valokuvia.

On the front page (Etusivu) you can see a trailer video of the investigation campaign. 

 We are happy to answer all questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or +358-46-8970706.

 Some text will also be translated to Swedish as soon as we can. (Dom mest viktiga texterna kommer att översättas på svenska så snabbt som möjligt. Vi också svarar gärna alla frågorna på svenska - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it eller +358-46-8970706). 

The reality of Finnish factory farming revealed!
The Finnish animal production industry is always very keen to have an ethical image about its code of conduct.

The production is depicted as strictly regulated and we are told that the health and welfare of the animals is controlled regularly. One central argument the producers also use is that even if there are problems related to intensive farming abroad the animals are looked after properly in Finland.
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Hens in a battery cage


These statements are unconvincing. We decided to investigate the real conditions of the animals in Finnish factory farms. The objective of the inquiry was to show people the truth about how the animal products they consume are produced. The material shown on these pages is the result of our investigation.

During the investigation 21 Finnish broiler farms, 60 pig factories and 20 egg farms (most of them battery units) were visited during a year-long period between 2006 and 2007. The visited broiler farms make up 16 % of the 124 Finnish broiler farms, and 25% of Finnish broilers live their five-week long lives in these enormous sheds. The piggeries represent the different forms of pig farming. The size of the egg farms varied from thousands to hundreds of thousands of individuals.

What did we find?


In all the broiler farms that we visited there were dead, ailing or crippled birds. The injuries were usually leg or wing injuries and wounds, bruises or injuries in the plumage. In all the farms the birds were kept in huge factory sheds, each containing 15,000-25,000 animals.

Nearly all the farms had several sheds. One farm could thus have well over 100,000 birds. Individual care and attention in these circumstances is therefore impossible. This leads inevitably to an immense amount of suffering.

In almost all pig farms breeding sows were kept in farrowing crates. Also gestation crates were used in many farms. Pigs kept for meat production were all held in very confined pens. The conditions were often filthy. The pigs had scars and injuries and tail-biting was common. We found dead pigs in every third visited piggery. Often the carcasses were just left to rot among others in pens, on the floor or in the yard.

In many of the chicken farms there were dead hens in the cages or lying on the floor. In some places the corpses were decayed and it was obvious that they had been there for a long time. In all the visited chicken farms the birds looked very stressed and they had been pecking each other.

How the investigation was carried out?


During the investigation we visited 101 Finnish factory farms and filmed with digital cameras. The filming was conducted mostly inside the sheds, and sometimes through the vents. The buildings were never broken into, since the doors were unlocked. We paid particular attention to disease risks by changing clothes and shoes before entering and using
respirator masks.

In the past, when shocking material has been published about the horrors of intensive farming, claims have been made that the material had been tampered with or filmed abroad. The photographs and videos on these pages are taken in Finland in 2006 and 2007. The conditions were difficult and the cameras were cheap digital cameras. Therefore in some cases the lighting and sharpness of the material had to be adjusted afterwards. However, the material shown in these pages has
not been modified in any other way.

Who are we?


We have taken this initiative independently and as individuals: we represent no organization. Our identities are not important - what counts are the results of this investigation which are shown on this website.

Why did we choose direct action?

What happens behind the closed doors of the Finnish factory farms is a wrong that exceeds the act of opening those unlocked doors and documenting the horrors. We haven't destroyed any property, instead we are just revealing existing facts.

The results from the investigation show that suffering animals are not an exception but a rule in Finnish animal production. This material shows that animal suffering is an inseparable part of the production: animals are seen as products and commodities instead of sentient beings.

Sometimes one just can't sit back and wait for somebody to do something. We simply just got up and took action for the defenceless.

The doors of Finnish factory farms have now been opened.

They shall never be closed again.
 
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