Pigs are intelligent and joyful animals who form strong friendships and have unique personalities. Farmed pigs experience constant abuse and tremendous physical and emotional suffering. Meet Julia (pictured above), a rescued pig who once endured the horrific life of a breeding sow. Julia gave birth shortly after her rescue, and is thankfully living happily at a sanctuary with her beloved piglets.
Mother pigs like Julia spend most of their lives confined to gestation crates— a cage so narrow that they cannot turn around for months at a time. These highly intelligent animals are driven crazy from this extreme confinement, suffering severe distress and dejection. Many bite the metal cages until their mouths are bloody, desperately trying to escape.
When given the opportunity, mothers like Julia enjoy running around with their piglets in grassy fields, playing in water, and cuddling up together at night. Unfortunately, farmed piglets are taken away from their mothers and subjected to painful mutilation shortly after birth. Tail docking, teeth clipping, and castration are all performed without any anesthetic. As a result of these procedures, some piglets suffer severe infections and ruptured intestines. These piglets are considered useless and are commonly killed by being grabbed by the leg and repeatedly slammed into the ground.
Raised in metal pens indoors, never to see the light of day, all piglets will be ruthlessly slaughtered at only 6 months old.
More and more people are deciding to stand against this cruelty by leaving animals off the menu. With so many meat substitutes on the market, you can help animals without sacrificing any of the flavors you enjoy. Common products such as bacon, sausage, and BBQ sandwiches, can all be made cruelty-free with simple and tasty substitutions. To learn more, check out our free Veg Starter Guide!
Photo Credit 1: Farm Sanctuary
Photo Credit 2: Eco Watch