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On our last vigil at Cheale Meats in Brentwood, Essex, we witnessed an unprecedented 16 trucks in one morning, and I took over 700 photos.
What struck me most that day was this. Despite the miles they had travelled, the poor state they were in, the unspeakably horrible lives they most likely had led, every pig on these death trucks was friendly and gentle to a fault. That is who we are killing every second of every day. Gentle, kind, thoughtful and sensitive individuals. They push and shove to reach us, craving our soft voices, some delighting in our secretive, illicit strokes to their noses. The police do not like us to touch them, but when challenged they don't even know why, and don't enforce that. They know, up so close to these other beings on the trucks, as if they are standing with us and not simply as law enforcers, that what happens here is wrong.
The fact that farmed animals live in filth is not the issue. That they bear cuts and bruises. That they are stressed and frothing at their mouths. No. The issue is that they are there. Commodified. Exploited. Their welfare within the system is nothing when we look at the fact that we view them just as numbers, as things. No amount of welfare reform will take these animals away from these situations. The only way to remove them from this is to not bring them into the system in the first place.
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