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Love bacon?

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Everywhere I look I see bacon. Bacon-wrapped this and bacon topped that. Chocolate covered bacon. T-shirts that proclaim a love of bacon. Bacon earrings (ok they weren’t really made of bacon). Bacon ice cream. You get my point.

At the grocery store or in restaurants I guess it’s not really that expensive but how would I know, I don’t buy it. But what is the REAL cost of bacon? How do you put a cost on someone’s miserable life? How do you put a cost on inconceivable and unnecessary cruelty?

Pigs are highly intelligent, social and curious animals. Smarter than your dog. They know their names at 2-3 weeks of age. They’ve even been taught to play simple video games. Yet despite all this they are treated among the worst of all factory-farmed animals. They are forced to spend their lives living in gestation cages that measure about 2 feet wide, too small to turn around and barely stand. Smarter than your dog, I repeat. What effect do you think that has on a highly intelligent and social animal? If someone treated a dog that way we would prosecute them, wouldn’t we? Yet as a society we turn our heads and pretend it isn’t happening, but it is.

The bacon you eat is energetically contaminated. It should actually be recalled.

You don’t have to be a vegetarian or a vegan to take a stand against animal cruelty. Please join me in signing this petition against Walmart, who sources all their pork from facilities that still use these gestation crates.

If you want more information on pig gestation crates, please click here. 

This is how a pig prefers to live! Nadine at Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

This is how a pig prefers to live! Nadine at Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

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The Road to Veganism

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I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 30 years now, dating back to a trip to Europe I went on when I was in high school. I never liked the texture of meat and who could blame me since I grew up with offerings like cube steak, hot dogs and pot roast. I can remember hearing my Mom pounding the cube steak with a meat mallet. I dreaded those dinners. All the fried onions in the world couldn’t make up for the endless chewing I was forced to endure. So it was while in Germany when I couldn’t even recognize what the meat was (it was gray!), that I finally decided to give it up entirely.

Over those past three decades I didn’t really give much thought to my daily consumption of dairy and eggs. Karmically I figured I was exempt because no animal was dying so I could eat greek yogurt, cheese and eggs.

That all changed this summer when I started giving tours at a farm sanctuary in my area. When I found out that the meat and dairy industry are really one and the same, that was a game changer!  Cows give milk because they have given birth. Nowadays cows are all artificially inseminated and have a pregnancy of nine months (just like humans!). Once she gives birth, her calf is taken away and fed formula so we can drink her milk. If that calf is a female, it will most likely endure the same lifetime of being impregnated and milked over and over. If it’s a male, its bound for either a veal crate or slaughtered for pet food or cheaper meat. Either way, they take her baby and she is often traumatized by that. Some cows milk production severely suffers and farmers call it “expendable loss”.  Now I view milk as just what it is….baby cow juice. After all, it’s rich in fat and protein for a calf to grow up consuming, I’m not a baby cow nor growing so I’ll stick to nut milks!

I’ll write about eggs next time…