Okay, hold the phone—during a recent Philadelphia Phillies/Los Angeles Dodgers playoff game, commentator Joe Buck mentioned that Phillies player Shane Victorino’s favorite food is Spam musubi. A few reactions here—one: gross; I can think of a hundred different fillings I’d like for my onigiri, and canned meat ain’t one of them.
Two: Why? The Phillies’ Citizens Bank Ballpark has been ranked the “Most Vegetarian Friendly Ballpark” two years in a row for its impressive vegetarian offerings, such as Philly faux-steak sandwiches, “crab-free crab cakes,” mock-chicken sandwiches, and veggie dogs. With all of these delicious, cruelty-free options available, why would you choose to go cholesterol- and cruelty-heavy? (Okay, so Spam musubi is a popular food in Shane’s native Hawaii—but as my mother would say, what’s popular is not always right.)
And finally (and most importantly), three: SPAM is made by Hormel, and Hormel is supplied by factory farms like this one in Iowa. You remember—the factory farm where the pigs were beaten and vaginally and—according to one bragging supervisor—anally penetrated? Where their tails and testicles were cut off without anesthetic?
We’re giving Shane the benefit of the doubt here: He probably didn’t know about the torments faced by the piglets destined to be slaughtered for Hormel and possibly end up as SPAM. But hey, knowledge is power, right? So PETA Assistant Director (and major sports fan) Dan Shannon has written him a letter giving some background info on Hormel and the way its suppliers and that Iowa farm treat pigs. We suspect that the cruelty in every can of SPAM will make Shane madder than a high Hiroki Kuroda fastball—and that a change in snack foods might be in order.
Written by Amanda Schinke