On Saturday 22 September 2018 we paid respect to the victims of the pig farming industry. The 14 piglets we had in our care were brought into the public space in Bourke St Mall, Melbourne, to show the public who the victims are when they purchase products they naively believe cause no harm. They were collected from just one piggery. They are the ‘lucky’ ones, and what a terribly sad thing to say about them when they died, some of them not even taking a breath of air, alive in the womb but born dead due to a prolonged and difficult birth.
Instead of us having them with us as a tribute to honour their lives, calling them lucky to be dead, and at such an early stage of their lives, what would have been lucky is if we could have said they got to have a life worth living. One where they were free to be themselves, no restraints placed on their existence, no reigning in of their natural behaviours, no stifling of their innate instincts and personalities. They would have gotten to live, be free, be happy and be loved and protected. But no, instead they were with us, almost pleading with us to do whatever it takes to shake people out of their apathy, to make people care, to waken their hearts and to use their minds to reason, can they suffer, do they deserve to suffer, do they deserve to be treated as nothing more than a piece of meat?
These 14 piglets would have been just another loss in a statistical pool, reduced to mere numbers and economic loss to the business. But they are not statistics, they are individuals, they exist, and we paid our tribute to them with the honour and respect they deserved, rather than being thrown onto a dead pile like rubbish at a piggery, left for their bodies to rot away. .
Full post and album is on our Facebook page @melbournepigsave
Thank you to Briannagh O'Loughlin for the photos.