It would be unethical to breed animals even if there was a home for every single animal being bred. But what makes it worse is that these individuals are not even guaranteed that they will be cared for. In increasing numbers, they continue to find themselves discarded, thrown aside like so many of the other ‘playthings’ we buy for ourselves and our children. And, in increasing numbers, they end up being sent to death, for no other reason than that the vast majority of people think nothing whatsoever of walking into a store and buying a ‘new’ puppy, or a ‘new’ kitten, rather than choosing to fill the space in their homes and hearts with someone to whom the opportunity represents nothing short of a second chance at life itself.
June 10, 2010
October 18, 2009
Image: Wanda Embar, http://www.VeganPeace.org
Perhaps, in some bizarre irony, the manipulation and exploitation of these micro pigs will turn out to be the way that people learn to see pigs as they really are; not as bacon, or ham, or pork chops, or sausages, but as warm, intelligent, affectionate beings who, just like the family dog or cat, also have love in their hearts to give, and also have a will that burns inside them, driving them against all odds to survive, driving them against all odds to live.