This image is a sad one. I can hardly think of anything that's more cruel than to keep a new mother separated from her young... Yet, this is what the industry calls "animal friendly comfort". Every instinct tells her to care for her baby... Just as a human mother wishes to touch, smell and hold her infant. But as the photo shows, she's imprisoned - unable to fulfill any natural desire. It's heartless to deny this maternal instinct. To prohibit contact - And sadder still, for this is all she has. This is the sows whole world... that of mothering. It's not like a human mother... who would have the distractions of a shopping list, or a book, or a telephone call. In contrast, the animal's entire being is centered on experiencing this inborn need... to mother. The industry says this system prevents injury to her young and keeps them "protected" from her because she would crush them. But of course without enough room for even her own body, how could she avoid accidentally harming them? Left to their natural habitat a mother pig would gently kneel on her front legs and with great care, she would lay down to allow her young to suckle. But then she would also have selected an area free from predators with sufficient forage; she would have had straw for bedding... a place away from her nest to defecate and so forth... This would all be natural to her just as the salmon know to spawn upstream. But nothing of what is natural exists in today's "modern" farms. Their practices, and our acceptance of them have caused shame to the human species... We've defiled the nurturing earth with an infestation of factory farms, manure lagoons and slaughterhouses. And we certainly have shown contempt to the devotions entitled to mothers. The industry has made machines of the female body... exploiting sows who will never share affections with their young... hens who will never hatch a chick... and don't even get me started on dairy! With reverence to motherhood and deep respect for the bringers of life -
Happy Mother's Day. And please - Go Vegan.