Thursday, October 12, 2006

These Little Piggies Are Going To Market

Now that we are home, tucked safely in our house, I am reflecting off and on about the trip. I thought of something else worth mentioning - or to get a little more mileage out of the trip:

Returning home going south on the I-95 we passed a truck load of pigs. The 18 wheeler had metal slats where you could look inside and see some the doomed pigs. They were all standing; there was not room to sit or lie.

I felt sorry for those pigs. No one told them of what was in stored for them. They didn’t know where they were headed.

I wondered, if say, going over the speed limit like the truck was doing, hauling ass (and butts) down the I-95 a slight error in judgment could cause a wreck.

What if the pig 18 wheeler was involved in a sudden accident and some of the pigs got hurt and maybe breaking some legs?

I suppose another truck would come and haul them on to their final destination. But what about the pigs with broken legs? We Americans like to think of ourselves as humane and gentle. Will, whoever in charge see that the pigs with the broken legs are given a splint and a shot to ease the pain, or will they just load them back on a truck, broken legs and all, and make them stand the remainder of the trip?

What do you think?

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5 Comments:

Blogger Bird said...

I think they'd throw them back in the truck and proceed, ethics be damned.

2:26 AM  
Blogger ET said...

No mercy - and they probably don't even think of themselves as being unkind... tech tch... shame.

5:13 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Bird,
A 2nd thought:
I would say that the humane thing to do would be if a pig broke his leg go ahead and knock him in the head to kill him to rid him of his pain - but one has to be practical... after all, if he is dead and un-refrigerated his carcass will spoil - so, he will just have to suffer for the benefit of the profits.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Button Gwinnett said...

Well now I'm just depressed. Thanks Eddie.

:-(

9:18 AM  
Blogger ET said...

When it comes to humane vs profit guess which always wins?

4:03 PM  

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