Written by PETA
Which animals easily master skills such as "sit," "fetch," and "jump"?
Which animals like to relax in the sun, play ball, and come when called by name?
Which animals have saved humans' lives on numerous occasions?
If you answered "dogs" and/or "pigs" to each of these questions, congratulations—they're both correct. Pigs have many personality traits that are similar to dogs' and are said to be smarter than 3-year-old human children. You would never dream of eating your dog, but would you eat a pig? If so, World Week for the Abolition of Meat is a great time to stop.
Mother pigs are confined to cramped gestation crates too small for them even to turn around. They are impregnated again and again until their bodies give out, and then they are sent to slaughter. Piglets are taken away from their mothers after just a few weeks and have their tails chopped off and the ends of their teeth broken off with pliers. The males are also castrated, and it all happens without any pain relief. A typical slaughterhouse may kill hundreds or even thousands of pigs every day, making proper stunning of each animal impossible. Many pigs reach the scalding-hot hair-removal tank conscious and screaming in pain.
If you wouldn't want these atrocities inflicted on a dog, please don't pay someone to inflict them on pigs. Visit our "Vegetarian Living" page for delicious pig-friendly recipes.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
He told me that the hogs still feel the pain when their throats are
cut, they are trashing and kicking away as they are hung onto a
conveyor belt with blood spilling from their throats. The stunning
before the hog got its throat slit only knock them off but they
still feel the pain when their throats are slit. This is grossly
During the transportation to the slaughterhouse from Alberta, the hogs are not given water or food and they are crammed in the trucks
with barely room to move. There is also no heating, and the trucks
are opened to all elements sun, ice, snow, rain and wind. Hence many
hogs died on arrival at the slaughter house. What extreme cruelty!
At the slaughter house, the hogs are crammed into a small barn which
has even less space than on the trucks. Ventilation is poor and they
are subjected to electrical probes by workers so that they don't
misbehave or fall out of line. Again no water nor food is given to them until they are slaughter.
On a typical day they can kill up to 1,600 pigs.
These are GOD creatures and why are we subject them with such cruelty ? My friend quit because he could not stand such atrocities.
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