This pains me deeply. My heart aches. I despair at the deepest, darkest aspects of humanity. I worked with an anti-vivisection organization in college and as an educator, I do not abide by raising animals for the purpose of dissection. Yes, I have benefitted from medications tested on animals. That doesn't make it right.
Animals have feelings, family connections, communication and intelligence. It's documented in species after species. They know and feel what is happening to them and they are terrified and tormented.
Why do we not recognize their suffering and respect their lives? Is it because they cannot speak the words to say stop? That hasn't stopped human from torturing one another throughout history. No one deserves this, especially not innocent animals.
We don't have a relationship with our food anymore. We don't know where it comes from or what it takes to get to us and then when you factor in waste...it's overwhelming. United States of Overconsumption (of everything).
I am so thankful for family farmers who allow their animals to live happy lives outdoors in pastures and to organizations that rescue those in need. They have been so hard at work during all of these disasters. 💞
The FBI’s Hunt for Two Missing Piglets Reveals the Federal Cover-Up of Barbaric Factory Farms
"FBI AGENTS ARE devoting substantial resources to a multistate hunt for two baby piglets that the bureau believes are named Lucy and Ethel. The two piglets were removed over the summer from the Circle Four Farm in Utah by animal rights activists who had entered the Smithfield Foods-owned factory farm to film the brutal, torturous conditions in which the pigs are bred in order to be slaughtered.
While filming the conditions at the Smithfield facility, activists saw the two ailing baby piglets laying on the ground, visibly ill and near death, surrounded by the rotting corpses of dead piglets. “One was swollen and barely able to stand; the other had been trampled and was covered in blood,” said Wayne Hsiung of Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), which filmed the facility and performed the rescue. Due to various illnesses, he said, the piglets were unable to eat or digest food and were thus a fraction of the normal weight for piglets their age.
Rather than leave the two piglets at Circle Four Farm to wait for an imminent and painful death, the DxE activists decided to rescue them. They carried them out of the pens where they had been suffering and took them to an animal sanctuary to be treated and nursed back to health.
This single Smithfield Foods farm breeds and then slaughters more than 1 million pigs each year. One of the odd aspects of animal mistreatment in the U.S. is that species regarded as more intelligent and emotionally complex — dogs, dolphins, cats, primates — generally receive more public concern and more legal protection. Yet pigs – among the planet’s most intelligent, social, and emotionally complicated species, capable of great joy, play, love, connection, suffering and pain, at least on a par with dogs — receive almost no protections, and are subject to savage systematic abuse by U.S. factory farms.
At Smithfield, like most industrial pig farms, the abuse and torture primarily comes not from rogue employees violating company procedures. Instead, the cruelty is inherent in the procedures themselves. One of the most heinous industry-wide practices is one that DxE activists encountered in abundance at Circle Four: gestational crating.
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