It's simply agribusiness as usual.
So I have very little sympathy for a teenager whose 4-H pig was found stabbed in her back yard Sept. 22 near Salinas, Calif. Babe, a 5-month-old, 240-pound pig, was to be shown at the San Benito County Fair this week.
"The pig was being raised to be slaughtered, but not this way," [the teen's mother, Kathleen Phillips] said. "This was malicious."Babe's throat had been slit -- the accepted procedure for killing pigs in slaughterhouses -- and she'd been stabbed 15 times.
Even though 14-year-old Keeley raised Babe, getting her when she was 50 pounds, she still viewed her as food instead of as a unique, caring being.
"Why would someone do that? [...] I understand people can't afford food, but they didn't take anything."The Monterey County Sheriff's Office is investigating the murder and said the perpetrator(s) would likely face a felony animal-cruelty charge. The Phillips family has offered a $1,000 reward for their conviction.
Meanwhile, hundreds of pigs will be murdered today while the media, law enforcement and average citizens remain silent -- and complicit.
(Photo of two pigs, unrelated to the news story, courtesy of Susie Coston of Farm Sanctuary.)