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A sad story about an animal auction.

4 Apr

“Livestock” animal charity auction in Houston [TW?]

TW if you’re the kind of person who is really, truly upset by even hearing about animal slaughter.

I thought this was an especially sad and weird article:

After school and basketball practice, Mr. Leach would look after Kipper, massaging his legs and brushing a lotion on the bottom of his cloven hooves to help his sore feet. Out of the 2,526 barrows at the Houston event, the judges declared Kipper the 2012 grand champion, making him the star of the swine auction. Mr. Leach is still trying to get his head around it: His pig will put him through college.

Awww, that’s really sweet!  Appreciating animals usually thought of as chattel as creatures just like dogs and cats (and rats, can’t forget about my sweet rat babies.)  It sounds like the kid formed a real bond with the pig.

Inevitably, the auctions turn out better for the animals’ owners than for the animals themselves. Three days after the auction, Kipper was put in a trailer and driven to a meat science laboratory at Texas A & M University, where he was slaughtered and placed in a cooler. Once his drug test results come in, Kipper will be butchered, boxed and, along with 66 other top-ranking barrows, donated to charity. The four couples who bought Kipper will each receive a 54-pound gourmet pork package.

Oh.  Never mind about that, then.  Did nobody at the auction find this a little creepy?

Also: “meat science”?  Texas A&M, what are you doing?

The happiest pig ever!

26 Feb

Reading over Farm Sanctuary’s stories of rescued livestock animals.  There was a video of a visitor and farm worker bottle-feeding three baby calves, but I can’t seem to find it, so please enjoy this bouncy piglet.

If you have some time and are in search of adorable things, reading through Farm Sanctuary’s “Featured Adoption” page is totally worth it.  Also, they just rescued a ton of farm animals who need veterinary care!  So, if you’re looking for a good place to send some advocacy money, there it is.  Plus, cute animals.  Hooray!

“It’s not exactly toxic waste. It’s pig blood. Odds are that a lot of little marine critters are enjoying their bonanza.”

23 Jan

Eeeyew.  Check out the full story here.

While I doubted highly before I read the comments (why do I do this, it’s like punching myself in the face!) that this is going to stop anyone from eating bacon, I’m surprised at the amount of defense the company is getting.

Notably, a Google search for “do fish eat pig blood” turned up exactly jack shit.  Also, the state of Texas and related health agencies categorize all blood as a biohazard (as another very easy Google search determined).

There was going to be an artist’s depiction of fish eating blood, but it turns out my drawing skills don’t translate to drawing on a tablet in Photoshop.

So: Fish don’t eat pig blood.  Pig blood is gross. The end.