Considering how factory farms (mis)treat pigs—cramming them into filthy pens and confining mothers to gestation crates—it’s not hard to see farms as porcine prisons.
So, naturally, when we heard that a prison in McLeansville, North Carolina, was slated for closure, we quickly dispatched a letter to Governor Bev Purdue to ask for her help in turning the soon-to-be-mothballed slammer into the world’s first pig empathy museum.
The new museum would be a win-win: It would provide much-needed jobs, plus it would help people better understand pigs and the suffering that factory farms cause them. Visitors could then put what they’ve learned into practice by enjoying meatless “riblets” or other vegetarian fare, and the kids would take home one of our “Animals Are My Friends” T-shirts.
We think that once people get to know pigs—when people see that pigs are smart, sensitive, and generally adorable—they won’t stand idly by when innocent oinkers are treated like hardened criminals.
Written by Jeff Mackey