„Pigs Making People of Themselves
„Do you like
blue overalls and farmer?
I do not like them,
I do not like
blue overalls and farmer.“
– Inspired by Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
They ate his butt. The ate his loins. They ate
his chops. I wonder if he was first hogtied?
They ate almost everything. They savored his jewels
and swallowed his jowls, but when it came to the
farmer’s fake teeth, even pigs have their limits.
Rescuers found only the dentures on the bloody
ground of a pig farmer’s meadow. The man lived
by the sty and died by the sty.“
Today (Thursday, October 4, 2012) 300,000 pigs
will die in American slaughterhouses, according
to the National Agricultural Statistics Service,
a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
That 300,000 number is greater than the 2010 census
population of humans living in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Every one of the 300,000 will die screaming as a result
of the fear and the pain. Experts say that pigs are
considerably smarter than dogs and even some humans.
The people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
„A typical slaughterhouse kills about 1,000 hogs per
hour. The sheer number of animals killed makes it
impossible for pigs‘ deaths to be humane and painless.
„Because of improper stunning, many hogs are alive when
they reach the scalding-hot water baths, which are
intended to soften their skin and remove their hair.
„The U.S. Department of Agriculture documented 14
humane-slaughter violations at one processing plant,
where inspectors found hogs who ‚were walking and
squealing‘ after being stunned [with a stun gun] as
many as four times.
„An industry report explains that ‚continuous pig
squealing is a sign of…rough handling and excessive
use of electric prods.‘ The report found that the pigs
at one federally inspected slaughter plant squealed
100 percent of the time ‚because electric prods were
used to force pigs to jump on top of each other.'“
Do you eat bacon? If you do, then you are reason
for the horrible lives and painful deaths pigs live
on farms. Take responsibility.
„Everywhere there’s lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.“
– George Harrison
and here the link to that whole article Robert quoted above:
COQUILLE, Ore. — Oregon authorities are investigating how a farmer was eaten by his hogs.
Terry Vance Garner, 69, never returned after he set out to feed his animals last Wednesday on his farm near the Oregon coast, the Coos County district attorney said Monday.
A family member found Garner’s dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure several hours later, but most of his remains had been consumed, District Attorney Paul Frasier said. Several of the hogs weighed 700 pounds or more.
It’s possible Garner had a medical emergency, such as a heart attack, or was knocked over by the animals, then killed and eaten, Frasier said, adding that at least one hog had previously bitten Garner.
The possibility of foul play is being investigated as well.
„For all we know, it was a horrific accident, but it’s so doggone weird that we have to look at all possibilities,“ Frasier told The Register-Guard.
A pathologist was unable to identify a cause or manner of death, the newspaper reported. The remains will be examined by a forensic anthropologist at the University of Oregon.
Terry Garner was „a good-hearted guy“ who cared for several huge adult sows and a boar named Teddy, said his brother, Michael Garner, 75, of Myrtle Point.
Piglets were typically sold to local 4-H kids.
„Those animals were his life,“ Michael Garner said. „He had all kinds of birds, and turkeys that ran all over the place. Everybody knew him.“
Michael Garner said one of the large sows bit his brother last year when he accidentally stepped on a piglet.
„He said he was going to kill it, but when I asked him about it later, he said he had changed his mind,“ the brother said.
Domestic hogs are not typically known to be as aggressive as their feral cousins, but „there is some degree of danger associated with any animal,“ John Killefer, who heads the Animal and Rangeland Sciences Department at Oregon State University in Corvallis, told the newspaper.
While pigs „are more omnivorous than other farm animals, (such as) cows,“ Killefer called the case highly unusual.
Most hogs are raised until they reach a market weight of between 250 and 300 pounds, while breeding female pigs rarely weigh more than 400 pounds, Killefer said.