Gandhi Earth Keepers International ardently supports the efforts of PETA to expose the grotesque conditions on factory farms. We are grateful to Lora Adomeit of PETA for granting us permission to repost this moving story below.
A mother pig, her seven playful piglets, and two of their older siblings have—for the first time in their lives—room to roam, good food, and grass beneath their feet.
Earlier this summer, two PETA caseworkers discovered them in a junk-ridden, dilapidated pen in rural North Carolina wading ankle-deep in their own waste. No water or food was in sight, and their owner was planning to send the pigs to slaughter. So we worked quickly to pluck them out of those sewer-like conditions. Our team arranged for these wonderful, super-smart individuals to be transported to a sanctuary, where they now play and walk around in open pastures and sleep soundly in a spacious, straw-filled barn.
This year, millions of pigs just like these will experience something completely different. Instead of freedom, they'll be condemned to spending their lives in cramped, filthy sheds, never seeing any sunshine or breathing fresh air, until the day when they're kicked and prodded onto trucks bound for the slaughterhouse.
Much like the dogs and cats who share our homes, pigs are profoundly affectionate animals who respond to their names and can figure things out. They enjoy being comfortable, just as any living being does. They like getting massaged, playing with a ball, and sleeping in a group, snuggled up next to each other. Yet on the massive factory farms where many pigs are kept nearly immobilized until death, these friendly, loyal, and intelligent animals will be castrated and have their tails chopped off and their teeth clipped—all without any painkillers.
For mother pigs like the one we recently rescued, the misery of living and lying on concrete in a tiny cell can continue for several years. Imprisoned in metal gestation crates so small that they can't even turn around or take a single step in any direction, many develop painful sores and bruises. Shortly after giving birth, the sows are forcibly impregnated yet again, a cycle that continues until their bodies give out and they're sent to be killed. Transported without food or water through blazing heat or frigid cold, it's also not uncommon for conscious pigs to be dumped into the scalding-hot water of the hair-removal tanks.
Every pig deserves the freedom that these 10 recently rescued pigs now enjoy, and PETA is committed to doing all we can to make that happen. Through our headline-grabbing demonstrations, eyewitness investigations, and successful consumer outreach programs, such as our wildly popular vegan starter kits, we're opening the eyes of millions of people, especially the next generation, to the suffering of pigs and other animals abused on meat, dairy, and egg factory farms, and we're inspiring people around the world to make compassionate changes that are saving animals' lives.
But the continued success of each of these vital efforts for animals depends on one thing: the unwavering, generous support of PETA donors.
Please make whatever donation you can afford right now and help us do even more for the mother pigs and other animals who need our assistance. Thank you!
Ingrid E. Newkirk
P.S. Ten pigs have been saved from a life of misery, but countless others are still waiting for our help. Donate to PETA today to help us expose and stop the abuse of pigs and all animals.