09 Sep '11, 3pm
Belgium goes pantless for pigs
BRUSSELS (AFP) - With their boxer-shorts and assorted underpants hanging on a clothes-line, Belgian animal rights campaigners staged a brief-free 'Let-em hang!' rally in solidarity with castrated pigs on Friday. The pantless daylong protest called by animal welfare group Gaia aims to halt the pain endured by the five million piglets castrated in Belgium each year. 'It's extremely cruel,' said Michel Vandenbosch who organised the 'Let'em hang!' campaign for men to go without underwear for a day. Wearing 'I love pigs' T-shirts at a rally symbolically held by Belgium's most famous landmark - the Manneken Pis sculpture of a small boy urinating - campaigners urged farmers and authorities to end piglet pain.