I confess, I’m the blogger [mentioned in] “All Up in Your Grill” [Aug. 8]. When I read that article, I had to shake my head. In the year-and-a-quarter I’ve lived here and spent time with Stewart and Terri [David] at protests, I have never seen any hint of the hostility Stewart allegedly showed.
Ms. Barrett-Knopp’s insistence that Malaprop’s “believe[s] in peaceful coexistence” somehow fails to take into consideration the extreme suffering of animals raised for food. I don’t think there are words that can accurately describe this kind of suffering. It is like war with only one side armed. Don’t mistake me: I think peaceful coexistence is a grand ideal, but for true peace to reign, all species must be included. You can’t have peace when you cause the birth, humiliation, illness and death of other beings.
Pigs who become barbeque are not raised Babe-style on green-pastured farms. Raised on dirty concrete floors in windowless, low-ceilinged warehouses, pigs are penned in by iron bars, with no blankets, straw or even cardboard to lie on. … There is no room to stretch, barely room to move around. Pigs cannot fulfill any of their instincts for cooling off in the summer or keeping warm in the winter. They needn’t worry, however, for most never make it past six months. They [will be] slaughtered [early] for increased profits. The pigs … do not see the light of day until they are trundled onto trucks with, of course, no temperature control. … In the winter pigs may freeze and in summer become dehydrated or suffer heat stroke as they are hurtled hundreds of miles to their final destination. Though they are supposed to be stunned before they are killed, many are not stunned properly and are fully conscious when sliced open to bleed. … Their bodies are dumped into vats of boiling water. If the pigs are not dead, they will be boiled alive. This is not uncommon.
From birth to death—none of it natural—pigs suffer horribly. That is why people like me find ourselves repulsed by profiting from this industry. Unlike the author and unlike Malaprop’s, animal activists are not in this for profit. We are in it so that maybe one day such suffering will be unacceptable to us all and then it will, finally, stop.
For more information about pigs and pig slaughter: www.vivausa.org/campaigns/pigs/index.htm
— Wendy Kobylarz