This Is Factory Farming

Warning: Contains Graphic Footage. Undercover video footage at “Wyoming Premium Farms” revealing egregious cruelty and filthy conditions at a Wyoming pig breeding facility owned by a supplier for Tyson Foods.

Bacon could never taste that Good.

I’ve had an emotional morning.

I didn’t want to watch the video on how pigs are treated in factory farms. I know the gist, the horrors.

I’ve seen these videos before–they’re all the same.

No. I stopped to take a minute to think about it. If I couldn’t watch it, how could I convince my friends to care?

So I painfully sat through every second of it. And I needed it. And I loved it, even though I couldn’t stop crying.

I shared it with my boyfriend, who watched it, and then was so disgusted he needed to take a walk. He said, “your mom needs to see that.”

My mom grew up on a pig farm. I love listening to her tell her childhood stories, filled with embarrassment, as the school bus winded up her dirt country road in Indiana only to halt suddenly because her dad’s pigs had opened the latch of the pen and were roaming across the street. I picture an idyllic pasture with happy pigs.

“Gotta support those pig farmers!” she reminds me every time I turn up my nose every time she serves ham. I’ve tried to tell her many times, these aren’t pig farmers we’re supporting anymore. It’s hell, we’re supporting.

I shared the video with my meat-lovin’ friend and he said, “I have many things in my life I need to focus on before quitting eating meat. Like quitting smoking. And exercising more. And being more productive at work. And reading more. And spending less money on alcohol.”

“Well, those are all selfish things,” I said.

“Well, I am selfish.”

When did feeling entitled and living without a care for others become okay?

Watching this video re-inspired me and re-confirmed that desire to be a good person–which can sometimes be hard when being selfish or doing wrong, and looking the other way is easier. It made me re-appreciate elephant–and salute burned-out Waylon for his endless hours and dedication to being of benefit–and our mission to live a good life that also happens to be good for others and our planet and to spread the good word beyond the core, or choir, to the masses to those who didn’t think they gave a care.

“If you want to be happy, think first of others.”

So how can we make others care?

I became vegetarian four years ago when I got my dog–a boxer who snorts and wiggles too much like a pig that I couldn’t eat bacon again. How can I personally affect you and you and you, so you care?

Not sure, but I have hope. People are taking notice. Safeway and Burger King are saying goodbye to factory farming because people like us have started voting with our dollars.

Let’s go back to the start.

With a hurting, hopeful heart,

Lindsey Block

elephantjournal.com

This comes via the Humane Society, not PETA or any “extremist” organization.

This should not come as a surprise. Blogging dozens of such videos and stories over the last years is what turned me from a “mindful meat eater” to a vegetarian, and now vegan. Veganism, however, may not be the answer for all y’all. In any case, please boycott factory farmed “products.”

This is factory farming. This is what happens when we treat sentient beings as “products,” when their health is not factored into our health, and when we shut away how our food gets to our plates from the light of day.

For shame, Tyson.

And shame to any of us who supports factory farming.

If you can’t watch this, don’t eat this. Please share.

I made it through two minutes and nine seconds. Okay, second try, made it through the rest, and nearly crying by the time the mother pig is nudging her baby.

Every time we eat a burger or bacon & don’t know where it came from, we’re voting for factory farming with our $$$s.

Comment via Reddit (where just about all the comments, from this anti-PETA crowd, are amazing):

“Sad thing is this stuff doesn’t get the exposure it deserves because people don’t want to see it.”

Comment via Youtube:

“Towards the end, when the videographer pet the pig and gave her water, was one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a video. It was kind of nice to know that, before she died, that sow had experienced love from a human, perhaps for the first time in her life. You could see the compassion in the way that person pet her, trying to give her all of the love and compassion she could possibly muster. Though sad, this video also conveys a very profound message; the love and humanity of people.”

Response via Tyson:

The official Tyson Foods response:

Contrary to the impression left by HSUS, there is no connection between this Wyoming farm and the pork that we process. Tyson Foods does not buy any of the hogs raised on this farm for our pork processing plants.

We do have a small, but separate hog buying business that buys aged sows; however, these animals are subsequently sold to other companies and are not used in Tyson’s pork processing business.

We’ve seen the video and we are appalled by the apparent mistreatment of the animals. We do not condone for any reason this kind of mistreatment of animals shown in the video.

Virtually all of the hogs Tyson buys for our processing plants come from thousands of independent farm families who use both individual and group housing. We require all hog farmers who supply us to be certified in the pork industry’s Pork Quality Assurance Plus program, which incorporates rigid animal well-being standards and is part of the industry’s ‘We Care’ responsible pork initiative. We validate enrollment and audit conformance to these standards. Farms that do not conform will be eliminated from our supply chain.

For information on the pork industry’s ‘We Care’ responsible pork initiative, go to www.porkcares.com.

By: Waylon Lewis, Courtesy of Elephant Journal.

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