I am in an activist mood today, and have been looking at ways that I can help those in need – whether it be people, animals, or the environment. I came across a really good site – Take Part – that highlights different issues a day which need to be addressed. So far, I’ve signed a few petitions, donated a few bucks, and have bookmarked the site so I can keep up-to-date with ways to take action.
However, one issue both really grabbed my attention and disgusted the hell out of me. It’s an issue regarding Tyson Foods. Apparently, Tyson, a U.S. pig supplier, has admitted to buying pigs from suppliers who use gestation crates, which are tiny cage like “pens” where the pigs are unable to even turn around, and barely sit down. However, while this was troubling, the thing that disgusted me the most was watching undercover investigation footage taken by the Michigan Humane Society of one of Tyson’s supplier’s pig breeding facilities in Wyoming.
I am providing you all with the video, however I will admit that I couldn’t even watch it more than a minute in. I will warn you, like the video states at the beginning, that it is GRAPHIC. For those of you who want to skip watching the video (which I don’t blame you for) it does show the facility’s employees mistreating the pigs in VERY inhumane ways. One man full out sucker punches a pig with his closed fist. An extremely overweight woman sits on a mother pig’s injured leg to get the sow to move. And as this is all going on, the pigs are all living in deplorable conditions. And this is just less than a minute into the video!
But here it is anyway, because I do believe we need to educate ourselves of what is going on under our noses.
The abuse shown in the video is highly disturbing. Did you know that pigs are smarter than dogs? They can feel every punch given to them, can understand that they do NOT deserve this abuse, but unfortunately are unable to do anything about it.
After seeing this, I signed the petition instantly. I was fuming inside as my heart raced frantically and my fingers typed the only 2 words I wanted to say to Tyson Foods (I’ll give you a hint: the first word started with F, the second ended in U). Of course I erased those hateful words because well, this is a petition, but you better believe it that I will be typing my own hate letter in my own time!
I did state in my petition message though that I would NOT be buying Tyson brands (I am a vegetarian, but shhh…they don’t need to know that!), and I made it clear that I would be urging my family, friends, and others I knew to boycott them as well. So here I am!
I ask you to please sign the petition to convince Tyson Foods to STOP using gestation crates and to STOP buying from suppliers who abuse the animals as if the animals were objects instead of beings.
Here’s the link to the petition, and after you sign it, please let us know in the comment section below. Let’s see how many people we can get to try to change Tyson Food’s mind about the way they treat their pigs!
*Note: Check out the links above for more information and for my sources. The video above was taken from YouTube. The words, thoughts, and opinions of this article are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2012.*