Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:26

Fire shows how terrible animal treatment really is

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Imagine how terrified and helpless the 4,500 pigs who were recently burned alive in a fire at an Alberta hog farm must have felt.
They were trapped in a barn, unable to escape. All they could do was watch the flames approach.
While it’s too late to help these poor pigs, there is an easy way to help save other smart, sentient animals like them: Choose soy sausage, veggie dogs, and other tasty vegan foods.
Pigs feel pain, joy, and love just as much as people do. When they aren’t confined to filthy factory farms, pigs like to play, explore, and sleep nose to nose. Newborn piglets learn to run to their mothers’ voices and mother pigs “sing” to their young while nursing.  
But on factory farms, female pigs are kept in crates that are so small they can’t turn around or comfortably lie down. They’re constantly impregnated and their babies are taken away from them soon after they’re born. The piglets’ teeth and ears are cut, their tails are chopped off, and male piglets have their testicles ripped out — all without painkillers.
At slaughterhouses, pigs are hung upside-down, scalded, and bled to death, often while they’re still conscious.
If you don’t want to support such cruelty, visit www.PETA.org for free vegan recipes and product suggestions.
Heather Moore, PETA Foundation, Norfolk, VA

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