Behind Bacon is a Being
I've been laying on the couch for the past two hours with a piglet snuggled up against my chest with her head nuzzled into my neck. She was sound asleep and the only movements she made was her snout twitching wildly as she had some dream about apparently smelling something. She completely trusts me and is comforted by my presence as she sleeps.
Yet, we live in a world where animals have no reason to trust humans. As a species, we have gone out of our way to prove that we will do anything to anyone if it suits our interest. The people working for Smithfield Foods know pigs are not mindless non-sentient beings. They know they are taking the equivalent of human children and treating them to a life of abuse. And consumers know that behind their bacon is a being. How are we capable of this? The information is out there. We know how intelligent these animals are, but even that shouldn't be required. Because, it should be enough that we do not need to harm animals to survive and these animals don't want to die. Toss in that it is a known cancer cause to eat bacon and basically all animal products and it becomes only more baffling.
And honestly, it comes a bit hard to swallow as I watch people protest against Trump for all sorts of (justified) reasons while at the same time participating in this animal holocaust. All that I know is there must be all sorts of glass shards across the country and the world as people hurl criticism at Trump for the horrid things he is doing as they fund the mutilation, rape, abuse and murder of innocent beings that are only guilty of being voiceless, defenseless, and of no financial or political benefit to defend.
I'm not saying to let up on Trump or whatever cause you are fighting for. I'm just asking that the world do it with a clear conscience. Go vegan, do what you can to not intentionally harm other living beings, and then at least I can take you seriously. Otherwise, you might as well be a child molester protesting outside a rape clinic. It would be just as morally consistent as not being vegan (essentially supporting stripping every right from animals) and then bitching about some rights being taken away from you or others.