Some of our most cherished memories are centered around food and the holidays. And as millions of people around the world prepare their menus, they fail to acknowledge that PIGS, one of the most innocent and intelligent creatures of the animal kingdom, have been reduced to nothing more than a Christmas ham.
It is estimated that in the United States alone, we kill 115 million pigs for food each year. A typical slaughterhouse can kill up to 1,100 pigs every hour...EVERY HOUR!
From the moment these intelligent animals are born, it is nothing but a life of physical and psychological torture. Mother pigs (sows) spend their entire existence in tiny gestation and farrowing crates so small they are unable to ever turn around. They are repeatedly impregnated to produce litter after litter until their bodies are considered spent, and ultimately slaughtered for cheap meat.
At only a few weeks old, piglets are torn away from their mothers and through standard practice, have their teeth and tails cut off with pliers to reduce flesh damage; male piglets are castrated, all without anesthesia. Pigs are then forced to live in extreme confinement, in filthy, disease ridden concrete pens until they reach the tender age of 6 MONTHS, at which point they are considered old enough to be killed for food.
Pigs are electrically prodded and crammed into trucks, and transported to their death in extreme weather, while being denied food and water. Approximately 1 million pigs die before ever making it to the slaughterhouse.
The lives of these smart, clever and sensitive individuals are stolen from them so violently, day in and day out. How could anyone want to rejoice and celebrate a holiday while consuming such violence?
They are NOT a Christmas ham.
They are SOMEONE, and deserve to be treated with love and kindness. Celebrate this holiday and every other day, cruelty-free. (📷: Aimee Takaha)
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