Repost @belinda_vegan: "Our food choices subject millions of smart, sensitive beings to this horrific short life and death. When piglets are affected with disease or are considered two small or sickly, various methods are used to kill them.
From Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, H1N1, a mouthful of MRSA (a potentially deadly bacteria found in raw meat) is completely antibiotic-resistant. 7% of the pork sampled in one study reported MRSA contamination, and about 185,000 cases of food poisoning due to MRSA reports are reported each year (U.S Stats). MRSA (which hit the U.S. and was responsible for killing seven million pigs, a whopping 10% of the population) is a serious health consequence of even the safest meat, pork is downright dirty.
Piglets that are infected with disease, sickly or not uniform in size (which is important to packers), piglets that don't grow quite fast enough - the "runts" are quickly weeded out. Picked up by their hind legs, thousands are swung and then bashed head first onto the concrete floor. This standard practice used by mega farm workers is called "thumping."
According to slaughterhouse worker from the book Slaughterhouse, "We've thumped as many as a hundred twenty one day, we just swing them, thump them, then toss them aside. Then, after you've thumped 10, 12, 14 of them, you take them to the chute room and stack them up for the dead truck. And if you go in the chute room and some are still alive, he continued, "Then you have to thump them or stick them all over again. There's been times I've walked in that room and they would be running around with an eyeball hanging down the side of their face, just bleeding like crazy, or their jaw would be broken".
You are responsible for the choices you make. Will you continue to pay for this?
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