0 marine animals
0 cows and calves
0 pigeons and other birds
0 donkeys and mules
0 camels and other camelids
*Photo credit to Louise Jorgensen of Toronto Pig Save*
Please note how crowded the trucks were on this day.
Nothing about this is remotely okay.
The mother pig is in a precarious condition. Her body testifies to the cruelty she endured: flat feet and leg sores from the crate bars and barren concrete floors common in factory farms, as well as kick bruises and burns from the attack that left her lying exhausted and unable to eat in her farrowing crate. Her energy and appetite remain very low, and, as a result, she’s having trouble producing sufficient milk for her new babies. Her fear, however, has subsided in the presence of her new, gentle caregivers, who describe her as “angelic.” She calmly greets our staff as they administer her fluids and antibiotics and care for her piglets. Astoundingly, this animal who has known such violence at human hands has already recognized that the people now surrounding her are her friends. Her capacity to trust is an inspiration to us as we fight to restore her and her babies to health.
If their mother not been rescued, and if they survived birth and infancy in the harsh conditions of the factory farm, those baby pigs would have grown up in dim, crowded warehouses and been slaughtered for pork when they were just six months old. In place of that senseless misery and death, they now have ahead of them life, liberty, and a world of happiness. (via Julia: Brutalized Pregnant Pig Gives Birth Hours After Rescue | Farm Sanctuary)
This is Stanley, one of our most social residents at the sanctuary!
Stanley came to us in October of 2010 as a tiny, 13 lb piglet. A kind-hearted woman spotted him running down a busy two-lane road at night as she was driving by. There was no home in sight and she, with the help of her kids, managed to catch him the next day using a plastic laundry basket. They then contacted us to see if we could give Stanley a home. We’re grateful that we had recently adopted out two pigs and so had room to take in little Stanley!
While Stanley is no longer a piglet, he’s still quite small compared to our other porcine residents. Everyone has fallen in love with him here (we hope it’s mutual!) and Stanley thrives on affection from his pig and human friends. He rolls over readily for belly rubs and is playful all day long!
In fact, if Stanley knows he can count on you for a rub or a treat and you shout his name, he’ll come bounding happily across the field to say hello. (via Stanley « Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary)
This is only one reason I can never eat pork again: My love of piglets.
Right next to my fucking house, too. I hate being alive.