It's always interesting to observe the fall-out, backlash, misconceptions, denials, and damage control after an undercover investigation.
This newest one conducted by Mercy For Animals, exposing the horrific abuses done to pigs before their throats are slit is no exception.
I read a post on facebook: I got un-friended by a few people because they didn't like the graphic images on the pig farm video. Screw them! If they aren't brave enough to see where their meat comes from - I don't want them as friends!
Boy, I couldn't click the "like" button fast enough!
Someone on this news feed commented that it's the consumers who are "TERRORIZED" by "how our livestock are being treated inhumanely."
Livestock are always destined for slaughter. Always seen as a commodity; Always having value in their production or after their murder - Are never, ever treated "humanely". Ever.
From the news at an industry forum: "The group claims that the video shows piglets castrated and their tails docked without painkillers; intestinal ruptures seemingly the result of botched castrations; and workers throwing piglets across the room."
But they always say this... That the infractions are "alleged", staged or an isolated incident. They say that they have nothing but the best interest in the care and welfare of these animals. Even as they reach the head-dropper's station.
And a statement from the National Pork Producers Council wants the public to know that when castrations go wrong, the piglets are "humanely euthanized ".
What they strategically fail to say is that this placebo term defines a common practice known as thumping... Where the poor piglet's head is slammed on to a concrete floor. I can hardly write the words in such a cut/dry manner... But this is the blunt reality.
As vile as all these practices are... No amount of fall-out, backlash, misconception, denial, or damage control OR bigger cages will end these brutalities more than elevating your consumer choices to a vegan diet.
Congrats to all the clear thinking, compassionate people who've done so already...
For the rest... What in the world is it going to take to guide you to this choice? What???