Published by Alanna Ramsier.

A woman in Burlington, Wisconsin, found what she believed to be a nipple still attached to her strip of bacon. She posted a photo of the alleged nipple on Facebook with the caption “I was going to make blt’s for dinner until I realized my bacon still had a nipple on it.”

Nipple Bacon

The image went viral, receiving nearly 2 million views after being posted on Reddit. This incident reminds us that bacon—and all meat—is made from the flesh of a living animal who could feel pain, sorrow, and loneliness just as we do.

Because animal flesh is often processed, cut into strips, ground up, or formed into nuggets, patties, and other non-animal shapes, it’s easy to forget that we’re eating the decaying body parts of another being who was once alive.

Sleeping Mother Pig With Her Piglets

Pigs are even smarter than any domestic animal, and they have unique personalities and feelings. They love to play and wag their tails, just like dogs. But in the commercial meat industry, mother pigs spend most of their lives in gestation crates that are too small for them even to turn around in and baby pigs are castrated without painkillers.

Sad PigAnita Krajnc | Toronto Pig Save

At the slaughterhouse, some pigs aren’t stunned properly, which means that they’re sometimes dumped into scalding-hot water—which is intended to soften their skin and remove their hair—while they’re still conscious. A typical slaughterhouse kills about 1,000 pigs per hour.

The good news is that you can make a delicious vegan BLT without hurting any animals. Check out our favorite “bacon” products and other recipes that you can make with vegan bacon. You can even make your own vegan bacon or buy any of these vegan bacon-flavored products. All of them are guaranteed to be nipple-free!

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