As Sir Paul McCartney once observed -- slaughterhouses should have walls of glass so that everyone could see what happens in these places of terror and suffering for farm animals. I agree. I believe that if the people who
flock to buy a slab of ribs were to first see how the pigs are slaughtered, I
guarantee that at least the most sensitive would change their minds.
I also read a familiar quote today on Care2 from George Bernard Shaw which
I loosely quote-- "I don't eat animals because they are my friends, and you
don't eat friends." Yes, many of us have to agree with this simple true statement
which applies to us as well.
On Care 2 Laura Guttridge of Florida wrote an account of Dragon, a 4H pig
who she believed was raised by special needs students. She felt that these
students would have been devastated to learn that their beloved pig was to be
auctioned off to the highest bidder for slaughter.
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I have always been saddened at the concept of the 4H Club -- having children raise young animals and then be proud that their animal commands a hefty
price in auction for slaughter. Some thing is wrong with this picture -- at least
to me and others like me. I know that I could never easily part with an animal
who I have lovingly raised and then have him/her sold for profit and
Alerted by an animal welfare group in 2012 that Dragon, the 4H pig was
going to be auctioned off, Laura and her friend Maria went to the auction- hoping
to have the winning bid for Dragon.
DRAGON STARTS A BIDDING WAR
This is Laura's poignant account of what happened at the auction
proceedings that day at the bidding war for Dragon:
"Many pigs were sold before Dragon made his entrance. The pigs were all
selling for around the same price, and I had just enough money it seemed to buy this pig. However, when Dragon was finally led out, a big commotion started to take place. The bidding became a bidding war that I could not
win. Dragon ended up selling for more than triple the money I had. The high schooler that was with me started to cry. To be honest, I felt like crying
too. I will never understand to this day why this happened. It may have been because the pig was raised for a special needs program though."
Laura was lucky to have her mother there too, and she insisted that she
approach the man who bought Dragon. Upon hearing her story, he agreed
to resell Dragon to her. More bumps along the way followed with someone
saying the pig could not be resold, but Laura prevailed, and she finally
to make sure that she indeed had #374 which was Dragon's ear tag number.
Transporting Dragon to the sanctuary was another concern, and she
luckily found someone who said he would deliver Dragon for $200 which she
had. Later she agonized if this stranger might be a scammer, and she even
sadly envisioned poor Dragon being slaughtered and barbecued.
However, the next morning when she drove up to the sanctuary, she was
much relieved to find Dragon there and checked his ear tag. Yep -- it was #374.
She breathed a sigh of relief. This day was the happy culmination of the
previous day at auction which had been frought with obstacles. Dragon still lives
happily at the sanctuary -thanks to her efforts and concern. Good job,
OTHER PIGS ARE NOT SO LUCKY
Sadly, Dragon's story of rescue is such a very isolated case. The majority
of pigs today are raised in terrible conditions and are slaughtered. Mother
pigs spend their lives in cruel, confining gestation crates -- unable to move.
Can you imagine what this must be like? It is torture- plain and simple.
Any sick piglets they may have are bounced around like footballs as a
method of killing them. Some are thrashed to the ground. I will never understand
why my Catholic church has not noticeably objected to this
cruelty. I will
never understand why most people in general have not objected to this cruelty.
If they would, it would probably stop.
And just this week I read somewhere that in one CAFO factory barn --the
floor caved in and thousands of pigs were dropped into the manure pit where they expired -- unable to extricate themselves from this place of
hell. What a
horrible way to die.
If any of this surprises you, please go on the Internet while we still can,
and look up Mercy for Animals. There you will find the information which
hopefully will shock and turn you in the direction of compassion.