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Pig Slamming and Dog Burning

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This past week was particularly hard on those of us on the Catholic Vegan Facebook site. I think we were all disappointed to find out that St. Richard's in Stephensville, WI has been engaged in a yearly fun fest which can be called either a pig fight or pig slamming.
We all wondered whether or not there there were any people of compassion in St. Richard's. Were there none or were they afraid to come forward? We also wondered about the clergy- did they approve of this pig fight where some 37 pigs were punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, yelled at and thrown on top of a barrel. (You can probably find a video re this spectacle on the internet).

I doubt that St. Francis would approve and for those of us who respect all God's animal creatures, this was truly an unspeakable cruelty but maybe not as bad as the cruel dog burning in China which will follow.
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What shocked many of us was that this has been going on for 40 years, and despite our e-mails of protest, they say it will go on again next year. Maybe some of us on the Vegan Facebook link were surprised by this. Sadly I was not. I have been aware of animal cruelty for years and in my small way have tried to educate Catholics re this. So far- I haven't been too successful. Certainly nothing changed since I sent a letter to all
the Bishops- including the ones in Wisconsin re our lack of compassion for animals.
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Many of us tried reaching the pastor and the deacon of this church. None of us -to my knowledge succeeded in even getting a response. Some may have even e-mailed the bishop and the pope, but I am not sure of this.

But there is hope. I was happy to find out that the Global Conservation Group is planning to file a lawsuit against the church "for animal endangerment, child endangerment and violating Wisconsin Crimes Against Animals Chapter 951. 08." Good for them and may God bless their endeavors.

They are asking for any monetary support from those of us who want to put a stop to this cruel event as well as get justice for the 37 pigs who were beaten and brutally killed at this event. I truly hope and pray that they prevail and that this will be the last year of this cruelty.
DOG BURNING

At this same Catholic Vegan Facebook site was a video of a most cruel and diabolical burning of a dog in China. We were warned that this was very disturbing, and it certainly was. This emaciated dog already writhing in pain because he or she was only skin and bones was set on fire. We could not ever imagine that anyone could be so cruel, but we saw only the feet of the monster who did this as well as the feet of some very uncaring
on- lookers who should have tried to stop this horror but did not.
Even though hard to watch, I forwarded it on. Yes it takes a certain type of courage that not all people possess to watch this, but I think we should all see the cruelty man is capable of, and I'm sorry to say China seems to have little respect for the lives of animals generally.
We were also reminded that the Raccoon dogs there are skinned alive for their fur. I'll say that again -- DOGS ARE SKINNED ALIVE FOR THEIR FUR. Can you even begin to imagine their pain? My God, why can't they kill them first? Yes, I probably know the reason- the fur will be fluffier as a result of the fear and pain.

Why are people enabling this cruelty by buying fur? Ignorance is no excuse. We have been warned time and again about the battering of baby seals in Canada and the use of leghold traps in the US. Yet some people obviously could care less. I hope you are not one of them.
I am glad that I did the only thing I could do in protest. I boycotted the Beijing Olympics. It was a drop in the bucket re the millions of people who failed to do anything at all in protest.

 

I have been concerned about animal suffering ever since
I received my first puppy Peaches in 1975. She made me take a good look at the animal kingdom and I was shocked to see how badly we treat so many animals. At 77, I've been a vegan for the (more...)
 

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