Mother pig is named Julia. She was imprisoned in a factory farm all of her life. As she was moved from a cramped gestation crate to an equally cramped farrowing crate to give birth, a worker brutally kicked and beat her and then ran an electrified cattle prod over the length of her body as she screamed in pain. The assault ended only when Julia collapsed, at which point she was dragged into the crate by her ears.
In what is rare in the industry, the worker was reported to the SPCA, who contacted Farm Sanctuary. A mere eight hours after she arrived at their New York Shelter, the sow gave birth to 16 premature piglets. With love and compassion all were saved, and now live in sanctuaries.