You as I --have probably started an observation with -- if I live to be a hundred years old...and then we voice our lament. Well, if I live to be a hundred years old -- I will never ever understand how anyone can defend the cruelty of pig gestation crates. And yet Phil Borgic is one such owner who justifies the use of these gestation crates for his 6,000 animal breeding operation which produces 160,000 pigs per year. For me- that means that 6,000 pigs are suffering right now, and this is only one pig operation- albeit a very large one in Illinois.
This week Paul Shapiro, vice president of the HSUS, sent us his weekly update on animal issues. One of them was this article re Borgic's pig operation which was written by David Jackson and Gary Marx of the Chicago Tribune. I've read about this torture for years and you may have too, but here again I was reminded of this cruelty and what in essence it means to be a gestation crate pig. Per the reporters:
"For almost her entire life, iron bars will hold this mother pig on the slotted concrete floor of Borgic's 6,000 animal breeding operation as she produces litter after litter. She can step a few inches forward or backward but not turn around. Her heaving belly, swaying head and dark-rimmed eyes are the only parts she seems free to move."
Torture-plain and simple. Even people who committed murder and other heinous crimes have a better life in our prison system then these mother pigs who have committed no crimes at all but who are incarcerated for their whole natural lives in metal prisons in order to satisfy people's desire for their flesh.