An investigation by a leading animal protection charity has shown shocking scenes of cruelty and suffering on Red Tractor-assured farms in Britain. Images shared by Animal Equality show female pigs caged in tiny ‘sow stalls’ for days on end, a practice banned in the UK since 1999.

The images have raised questions around whether the Red Tractor assurance scheme can be trusted.

In addition, the investigation has led Animal Equality to launch a campaign demanding action from the government, retailers, and Red Tractor.