3 hours ago
@the.codym surprised me for an afternoon date and took me to @rossmillfarm pig sanctuary in Bucks County, PA!
Cody has been a proud vegan for 2 years, and he constantly inspires me to connect food production and animal treatment with the dish on my table. The pigs that roam the acres of this farm each have distinct personalities much like dogs or children. They want love and attention. They are curious about humans and engage with human compassion. They feel pain, and at the sanctuary almost all the pigs who had the choice chose sleeping on padding and blanketing inside vs the concrete floors or outside on the dirt and farm land. This big guy Maximus is actually a small breed pig from New Zealand, but lots of pet pigs were bred and kept as pets across many cultures.
It's the 21st century and it's time to reconsider. Knowing better and doing nothing isn't getting us anywhere. The climate and the earth and the animals need us all to reconsider the dishes we serve each other and the torturing and injustice to animals that we are investing into with cheap, mass-produced animals produced for meat.
I don't always eat vegan, and sometimes I've even been a bad vegetarian. But pigs have the same desires for comfort and the same capability to feel pain as we do. Why do we deprive them simple rights of space and longevity (most pigs slaughtered at 6 months, while many pigs on her farm were into their 20's), and inflict extreme torture, family separation, confined spaces, and disease causing diets and antibiotics.
Maybe it's time to rethink?