Letter: Hogwash in Snowmass
Tuesday is National Pig Day. Grand Cochon and Heritage Fire will be at Snowmass Village roasting a bunch of pigs, apparently along with other beings such as lamb and octopus that apparently aren’t as popular and well-celebrated, as they don’t have their own national “kill and eat me day.”
I really want to believe that the human race is becoming more conscious and aware of the harm, destruction, devastation and absolute disrespect we cause to our fellow beings and to the very planet herself. And time after time, I am sadly disappointed.
According to the latest medical scientific research, meat-based diets are a big contributor to high blood pressure, clogged arteries, cancer and a host of other health-related diseases. Every year, tens of millions of sentient beings on the planet lose their lives to feed us. Most of us justify this with the false belief that we have dominion over these animals, so we believe that they don’t matter, feel pain or have a conscious awareness of life.
Every tribal culture on this planet that hunted to eat did so in a sacred manner by offering prayers for the animal’s life they had taken in as humble and respectful a manner as possible. Celebrating National Pig Day is neither respectful, humble nor pays any reverence to the tens of millions of pigs bred in horrific conditions and brutally slaughtered and tortured to keep the hog industry alive.
Industrial farming has become an industry, animals are simply commodities, and I don’t believe that this is what the Creator ever intended.
One year ago on March 3, my girlfriend who lives in a busy Van Nuys, California, neighborhood opened her door to find a 3- to 4-month-old pink pig in her yard. Being the animal lover she is, she brought the pig — whose name is now Joey — inside to meet her dogs and kids, and one year later, Joey, who is now 85 pounds, is a member of the family who lives inside the house. According to my girlfriend, he is so sweet, highly sensitive and completely housebroken and gets along great with her kids, their friends and two dogs.
According to Karen Dawn, author of “Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals,” pig farms can have dire consequences on the environment and their neighbors. Pig excrement is often pumped into a large area called a lagoon, where the toxic waste of pig poop combined with antibiotics and insecticides is dumped. But often these lagoons can overflow, as happened in the headwaters of the New River in North Carolina when 25.8 million gallons of raw pig s— from the lagoon flowed into the headwaters and all the river fish ended up dead and washed up on the banks of the river.
Most people call pigs filthy, dirty animals — you are what you eat. National Pig Day might be a cause for celebration for humans, but it is absolute hogwash to the pigs.
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