Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Pigs


Pigs are intelligent, aware creatures, with an intellect comparable to that of dogs. Factory farmed pigs spend their lives in intensive confinement, painfully restricted to a crate that is 18 to 24 inches wide.

Under these conditions pigs resort to biting each other, usually one another's tails. Farmers respond by cutting off the pigs' tails, while boars' noses are broken to keep them from fighting.

Sows are turned into living reproduction machines, artificially inseminated on "rape racks" when they are just six to eight months old. Pregnancy lasts about four months, yielding litter of approximately a dozen piglets. Against all natural instinct, the sow is forced to tend to her young in a pen on a bare cement floor, scarcely large enough to hold her body. The piglets only suckle for a few weeks and she is quickly impregnated again. She will breed four to seven more litters before being sold for slaughter.

Rescued farm pigs often have short life spans because their genetically-altered bodies cannot handle the strain of their massive weight on such frail legs. They were never meant to live "normal" lives and must endure bodies manipulated by science and greed. Some are unable to walk more than a hundred feet without having to stop and rest. The natural lifespan of a pig is 10-15 years. Sows generally live for 3-4 years.

Courtesy of Friends of Animals



4 comments:

  1. i prefer eating the meat of humanely raised animals ..and they taste a lot better too :D

    btw ... commercial diaries have similar cruel setups where cows can barely move and are bred primarily to produce milk.

    ....and you didnt even mention anything about the feed that these poor animals have to consume ... often times for example chicken have to consume feed that includes chicken bone meal (and blood ) in them ... can you imagine :scowl

    of course none of this means that im gonna become a vegetarian soon :P

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  2. In a world where humans don't spare their own kind, kindness towards animals is expecting a little much.

    Still its very saddening.

    and no I'm not gonna become a vegetarian anytime soon either :P

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    1. In a world where humans can be inhumane to animals, it's no wonder why humans don't even spare their own kind.

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