I honestly don’t know what has to happen for us to figure out that this is terrible and simply must stop. I just don’t know.
While I am vegan for environmental reasons, this is what I meant by “unethically acquired meat”. It’s cruel, sadistic, and is just not right. Now this is murder.
ok people seem to have a lot of misconceptions about this picture but as a pig farmer i think i can set the record straight.
this is actually much safer for the animals. Often in a natural setting the sow will roll on top of the cute little baby piglets and, you know, crush them to death. She will also occasionally roll onto her belly so that not all of the piglets can suckle and they end up dying of starvation. They don’t leave the mother pigs in these cruel-looking contraptions permanently, it’s just until the piglets are strong enough to be moved around on their own. The mother is also taken out of the cage, walked, fed, and then put on the other side she she gets exercised and doesn’t have health problems to do with immobility. Because the piglets can’t get right up to their mothers in the cage, they are put under heat lamps to keep warm. Back when we were more than a finishing operation, I saw this all the time and it was for the piglet’s safety, and is in fact not a cruel practice. This is a case of misinformation.
So this is kind of like those little guppy isolation tanks that are used so that the female guppy and the other fish can’t kill all the babies.
Amazing how a picture taken out of context can look so terrible.
reblogging for that commentary
because i had a feeling there was something fishy about a url called “vegan-because-fuck-you”
Let me lay down some education for ya’ll.
That entire explanation by the pig farmer is bullshit.
What do you expect people to think a “natural” setting is? The farmer still means a factory farm. They just mean a farm without farrowing crates, but still the same number of pigs. Where pigs are overcrowded, understimulated, and abused. They are referring to a high output situation, where making money is the bottom line.
You see, in a truly “natural” setting (no “free-range” horse shit) a sow is very delicate with her piglets. When a sow is kept in an enclosure large enough, or unrestrained, there is no reason for her to roll on top of her children. She will leave the rest of the pigs to create a nest in a quiet secluded place, often preferring a shaded area. Here she gives birth away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the pigs and in a safe location. She even sets up a separate area for feces, pigs are smart enough to not shit where they sleep. The reason sows roll on their piglets in farms is because the animals are overcrowded. They are overcrowded because the farmers want to produce as much meat as possible.
So what does the pig industry do? The logical answer would be to give the pigs more space, but that means less money, so they are forced to live in these crates.
You know what else doesn’t happen in a truly natural setting? Piglets starving to death because the sow rolls on her teats. Nice try, but it’s just a complete lie.
Then the pig farmer brings up length of time. It’s “only” until the piglets are strong enough to be on their own.
That’s not true,
She can be in there shortly before, during the entirety of, and many months after her 3-4 month pregnancy. That is 100% legal. Imagine keeping a dog in these conditions. Imagine keeping a dog in a crate so small she cannot get up or roll over because she would otherwise crush her puppies because her cage is so small. Oh -wait- there are people doing that. They’re called puppy mills. Everything that goes on in a puppy mill is 100% legal because the animals are considered livestock- not companion animals. Therefore they are not protected under the animal welfare act, which is woefully inadequate in protecting animals in and of itself. So if you find puppy mills disgusting, then these pig farms should be too. http://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty/puppy-mills/puppy-mill-faq
And as for letting the sow get up and exercise- complete bullshit. There is now law anywhere stating that the sow must be taken out and given care. No law. So what the pig farmer fails to mention is that his act is totally up the the farmer and his/her workers. It’s totally optional. The US is perfectly fine letting these animals sit there and suffer in their own filth.
And to all those people thinking “Oh, the animals health is their first priority! They have to keep the animals alive to make money!” you need to sit down and do some thinking. A farmers interest is not in keeping their animals healthy. It is in getting them to their goal weight at their goal time. Regardless of broken bones, tumors, cysts, infections, open wounds… regardless of whether or not the animal is happy or in constant pain, it can still be sold. And that is all they care about.
That is why they breed chickens to grow so fast and with breasts so large they cannot support their own weight, they become immobile.
That is why they crowd these pigs so close together that they show completely unnatural behavior and attack each other, hurt themselves, and roll on their children.
That is why they have no legal obligation to take a sick cow to a vet. A “downed” cow can still be sold as pet food.
What the pig farmer fails to mention is the emotional torture the sows go through. Pigs are just as smart and social as dogs. http://www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca/news-fall2010-pig-intelligence They feel fear, jealousy, happiness, maternal affection, and even make friends. Sows will sometimes scrape their feet raw trying to nest on hard wire floors. Their maternal instinct is so strong… but they cannot touch their own children. They can smell them, they can see them, but they cannot comfort them. They cannot bond with them. They cannot do any of the natural things a mother sow would do with her piglets. All so people can say “lol bacon”.
Not to mention cutting off the teeth (because overcrowded animals= frustrated animals= stress biting) and tails (also to “protect” them) without anesthesia. They even have the gall to claim it does not hurt. Look at this and tell me it doesn’t hurt. Once again, this is to “correct” behavior not seen in the wild, not seen in pigs raised comfortably, and only seen in factory farm settings.
Then we have castration without anesthesia http://youtu.be/_NruyAP7vVI
Pollution caused by pig farms http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/ffarms.asp
The inefficiency of growing feed for pig farmhttp://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-wastes-natural-resources.aspx
and the contribution of the meat industry as a whole to world hunger http://youtu.be/_NruyAP7vVI
Now please, do some real reading about pigs in factory farms, not what some shitty pig farmer on tumblr says,