It was heartening to read about Kalamazoo, a pig recently found wandering around the Bronx. All pigs should be treated with such kindness and consideration. When people have a chance to meet pigs like Kalamazoo, they are often moved to see how similar they are to the dogs and cats who live in our homes. Like all animals, farm animals have feelings and they want to enjoy life.
They have deep cognitive and emotional lives, and they have memories and develop lasting relationships with other animals, including people.Like all animals, farm animals have feelings and they want to enjoy life. They have deep cognitive and emotional lives, and they have memories and develop lasting relationships with other animals, including people.
At Farm Sanctuary, animals are our friends, not our food, and they are allowed to live out their natural lives in peace and freedom. Treating animals with kindness is good for animals, and it’s also good for people. Interacting with other animals in a positive way has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve our lives. On the other hand, treating animals with cruelty and violence, causes us to lose part of our empathy, which is a very important part of our humanity.
I feel bad for the billions of animals who suffer on factory farms and who are slaughtered every year in the United States. I also feel for the people who work in slaughterhouses, immersed in such a bloody and violent industry. Can you imagine what it would be like to work in a slaughterhouse killing animals eight hours every day?
The good news is that there is a growing awareness about the animal suffering, ecological damage and human health risks associated with factory farming. Reforms to our food system are desperately needed, and while politicians tend to serve the interests of agribusiness, citizens are taking matters into their own hands.
I am deeply grateful to Animal Care Centers of New York City for being there time after time to help animals, including many animals now living peacefully at Farm Sanctuary. By rescuing Kalamazoo and treating him with kindness, ACC is setting a good example for humanity, and hopefully, consumers will start thinking more about what, or who, they eat.
Kalamazoo is a pot-bellied pig and was likely bred to be sold as a pet, but pigs are not the easiest animals to care for in a home setting. They require a lot more space than most people realize, especially when these so-called miniature pigs can grow up to about 250 pounds.
When families have difficulty providing for these animals, the pigs are returned to shelters or even slaughtered for human consumption. In fact, is some countries dogs and cats are commonly killed for human consumption.
Which animals we consider to be “friends” as opposed to those we consider to be “food” are arbitrary distinctions. Whether they are dogs, cats, pigs, cows, chickens or other animals, they all want to live and be free from abuse.
Humans can live very well eating a plant-based diet, and if we can live well without causing unnecessary harm, why wouldn’t we?
Source: Ny Daily News