This Sunday it’s Mother’s Day – so happy Mother’s Day for Sunday!
Maybe some of you are familiar with the above picture of a tiger with piglets. This came from a widely circulated email about a mother tiger whose baby died. She was inconsolable and the zoo feared she’d die so they thought of an ingenious method to cheer her up. They dressed some piglets in tiger material (golly, I hope they didn’t use tiger skin!) and introduced them to the tiger. This could have gone so very wrong! However, as you’ll see, the experiment was a huge success and the result was one happy tiger and a number of very relieved piglets.
I just received an email from Animals Australia Action Network http://www.animalsaustralia.org/action/ . To quote from their email –
Many Australians are still unaware that in Australia it is legal to confine mother pigs in metal and concrete sow crates for their entire 4 month pregnancy in a space that only allows them to take one step forward or back. Mother pigs in a natural environment will spend the 24 hours prior to giving birth gathering together straw and twigs to make a nest to give birth to her babies in comfort. One can only imagine their distress at being forced to give birth on a hard concrete or metal floor in the same area that they toilet and then being unable to nurture their piglets due to the bars that surround their body. Their distress continues as they have no choice but to watch on helplessly as their piglets’ tails are cut off and needle teeth brutally clipped without pain relief in the first week of their life.
They ask us to write to the editor of your local newspaper to encourage people to spare a thought for the sad plight of factory farmed mother pigs on Mother’s Day and urge consumers to stop supporting this cruelty by refusing to purchase factory farmed pork products.
Have a look at their website. They are committed to animal welfare and list the latest actions in helping the plight of animals. If you decide to write to your local paper about cruelty to pigs, have a look at their tips and let them know on this link http://www.animalsaustralia.org/action/get_active.php?action=&feedback=1
Of course, it would be inaccurate to think that pigs will be the only animals suffering this Mother’s Day. We all know this isn’t true! Pick an animal! If you trawl through my blog you’ll find a plethora of animal issues.
But we are talking about pigs today.
The RSPCA has put together a fact sheet on the plight of pigs http://www.rspcaqld.org.au/campaigns/quitstalling/Kids-fact-sheet.pdf . Have a read of it as it debunks popular myths about pigs. They’re not dirty – they roll in mud to keep cool because they can’t sweat. They love to socialize and they are very smart.
Pigs have an excellent sense of smell and are used to hunt truffles in Europe. They can solve puzzles and be trained to perform tricks.
However, our poor treatment of pigs extends not only to farming practice and often cruel treatment in abattoirs, but to medical practice where they are used in experiments. Recently PETA reported that they were able to save a large number of pigs in Europe which had been earmarked for an experiment. The plan was to bury the pigs in snow and then see which ones survived! The premise of the experiment was that when skiers are buried in an avalanche, some survive and others don’t – so are there pockets of air in the snow? So what? Why would they have to kill a lot of pigs to do such a silly test? http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/01/avalanche-study-will-bury-pigs-in-snow-to-watch-them-die.php Luckily, due to the outrage of animal lovers, they dropped the proposed experiment. But there’ll be others…
People who have pigs as pets love them dearly. George Clooney had a pot bellied pig as a pet whom he kept until it died. They are faithful pets and are excellent company at home. But if you can’t keep a pig, then maybe you’d like to sponsor one. The following organisation allows you to sponsor one of their farm animals.
A number of times I have spoken about the Catskills Animal Sanctuary. They rescue abandoned and ill treated farm animals and nurse them back to health. They have a regular newsletter in which they advertise farm animals searching for homes. Go to http://www.casanctuary.org/ and you’ll see a pig on the homepage today. They have a number of pigs in their care. Incidentally, last year a very kind benefactor offered to meet donations to the Sanctuary dollar for dollar to the amount of $1.5 million up to 31st. December, 2010. It’s wonderful to know that someone cares enough to make that offer! So if you donate $10 to the welfare of their pigs, they’ll actually get $20!
I just checked their adoption alerts for today and would you believe – there is one for a pig! Here it is – ring them if you are in the US.
URGENT Miss Piggy is a very friendly, elderly pot belly pig. Her family’s farm is in foreclosure and she must be placed ASAP. Located in Orange County, NY. Please contact Paula at 845-551-5765.
By the way, I used to prepare the financial accounts for a piggery and I noticed an awful lot of antibiotics in their every day purchases. I got the impression that it was put in all the pigs’ feed. So beware, if you eat pork, you’re also getting a big dose of antibiotics which you didn’t order! And don’t forget – due to the over the top consumption of antibiotics throughout the world, there are now super germs which are antibiotic resistant. Don’t eat pork (sorry but that includes ham and bacon) and you won’t be contributing to their suffering and you won’t be getting an unknown dose of antibiotics. Anyway, why would you want to eat processed pork products? They’re full of unknown preservatives and the method used in curing the pork uses toxic materials which are carcinogenic.
Hire the movie “BABE” on Mother’s Day in sympathy for pigs.
MORE ON THE BEARS
If you read my last blog on the bears, you might like to read the latest from Animals Asia.org http://www.animalsasia.org/emailupdate/html/emailUpdate_en_30042010_bearAppeal.html?tkn=m1081507&eid=719&sou=AL10MBRGENEM&b=html . I urge you to read it.
THE DOOFUZZ DUDES GO TO MUSWELLBROOK
Last week I travelled to Muswellbrook as guest of the Muswellbrook Library. During the week I visited six of their regional libraries and spoke to a large number of local schools. I had a wonderful week and would like to thank the library for their kindness to me. I also found a fantastic olive grove which sold wonderful, freshly squashed (extra virgin) olive oils. It’s called Pukara Estate at Denman. I was thrilled when the library gave me a bag of goodies from Pukara Estate as a present. Lucky me.