We live on a farm. I love our animals. We raise goats, sheep, chickens, pigs and a sweet llama named Tina. The two pigs we have right now are Heritage breed Guinea Hogs, of which there are less than 600 registered in the United States. We’re raising them to breed. They’re pastured pigs who get to roam around all day, rooting for food and enjoying scraps from our table. This was our girl pig, Merry, a few days after we got her and we haltered her to take her on a walk of the property:
When I came across THIS gut-wrenching video of an undercover investigation of Walmart’s pork supplier, “Seaboard Farms,” I literally was sick to my stomach. I actually couldn’t even make it through the whole video, and had to stop it when they got to the part where they were brutally castrating the male piglets.
This stuff outrages me. I understand that not everyone has access to pastured pork. As a matter of fact, it is hard to come by. But I would rather not eat pork for the rest of my life than to support something this awful. And I know this isn’t confined to pork. CAFO’s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) are notorious for ill-treating animals. Yes, I eat meat. But I support the ethical treatment of animals while they are on this earth. I believe the good Lord entrusted these animals to us, and I just can’t support a company who crams their animals into little cages, so small they can’t even turn around, living in their own feces and being pumped full of antibiotics to keep them from getting infections. No thank you.
Does this upset you as much as it does me? Go HERE to voice your opinion!
Edited to add: Here are a couple great resources for humanely-raised meats: Eatwild.com and US Wellness Meats. It is expensive, though. If you have access to a local farmer or can split a cow with friends, that’s a great option. Still more expensive than buying conventionally-grown meat from the grocery store, but my personal opinion is it’s better to eat a little less meat and make it good quality if possible. But, we make changes where we can and don’t get hung up on it if you can’t. I just think we should just be educated about where our meat is coming from.
P.S. I realize this is a one-sided view of things–and I’m sure the farms have their side as well. So, take from this what you like–and do with it what you want!