Written by PETA
Would you get out your grill and start
barbecuing a slab of dog ribs? Hope not! That's the point that PETA's "pigs"
made at Charlotte's BBQ & Blues Festival—that every slab of meat comes from
a thinking, feeling individual who was slaughtered
in ways that would be illegal if the victims were dogs.
and dogs share many personality traits.
Like dogs, pigs are highly social, intelligent, and playful, and they like to
be surrounded by their "pack"—their family. Pigs dream the way that dogs
do, and they also respond to their names. They can learn to sit when asked, and
they love playing with a ball.
But pigs raised for food have no life at
all. They are confined for their entire lives in crowded, filthy, warehouse-like
barns until they are shipped to slaughter,
where many are still alive and screaming as they are immersed in scalding-hot
water to remove their hair.
Pigs deserve compassion. Take PETA's Pledge to Be Vegan for 30 Days
to help end the abuse.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.