An organization of breeders says the pigs are now living in "deplorable conditions" because of the dispute.
A labour dispute at the Olymel pork plant in Vallée-Jonction has forced pigs to live in what the Éleveurs de porcs du Québec, an organization of breeders, has called "deplorable conditions." Should the labour dispute continue, the organization warns "thousands" of pigs could be euthanized.
"At the end of last week, nearly 130,000 pigs had to be put on hold. Considering that a pig can provide around 600 meals, the potential for waste is astronomical," David Duval, president of Éleveurs de porcs du Québec, said in a press release.
The organization is asking Quebec Labour Minister Jean Boulet to step in and intervene in the dispute.
"The breeders believe that the parties are responsible for the deplorable conditions of the higher number of very heavy pigs crammed into the buildings," the union wrote in a press release.
In a statement put out on June 10, Olymel claimed to have "put in place numerous measures to mitigate the negative impacts of this dispute on the region's hog farmers who deliver to the Vallée-Jonction plant."