Primary school children in Suffolk are rearing three pigs to be killed for meat, to teach them the "provenance of food". The piglets, due to be named Ham, Bacon and Pork, are being raised by the 25 pupils at Peasenhall Primary School. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-21427695?SThisFB The children are being led to believe that it's necessary to kill animals for humans to survive. This is not true. Meat isn't necessary for human survival, not only are billions of animals subjected to a horrifying death in a slaughterhouse, but livestock farming is destroying the planet and keeping food away from starving people. It would be much better for the children to grow vegetables and be taught about animal sentience. Pigs, like all animals experience joy, sadness, fear, pain, happiness and misery, just the same as humans do. Pigs are intelligent, more intelligent than dogs, and don't deserve to be used and abused for human taste preferences. No animal does.
Teach the pupils about healthy diets, compassion to all living things and concern for our planet, not how to use and exploit animals for a product that we don't need and isn't healthy.
"It is amazing that most people who are horrified at the atrocities committed in wartime do little or nothing to prevent children having their compassion desensitized and their cruelty aroused. They are given picture books showing sheep, cattle, goats, hares, roe-deer, poultry and other animals with captions such as 'Our Dear Friends'. When children meet a lamb, a kid-goat, or a calf, they are encouraged to pet the creature, and everyone is pleased at this display of love for animals which awakens in every good-natured child at the sight of such creatures. But a few hours later, the children may see the same animals they have petted and played with, now hanging on a hook with bloody throats, dead eyes and bodies disembowelled. And then the children are encouraged to eat pieces of their 'dear friends', their playmates. Is this not an education in treachery?"
Magnus Schwantje (1877 ~ 1959)
Dear Peasenhall Primary School,
It has recently come to my attention that you have a primary class planning to raise three piglets for slaughter to teach them about the "provenance of food".
I hope that if your aim is to teach them about food that you expose them to the entire process. People are very disconnected about food and the process it goes through to reach our plate.
Livestock farming is one of the major contributors to the destruction of the planet. It's polluting the environment, destroying the rainforest and keeping food away from starving people. Even the UN says we need to be eating a plant based diet.
It seems wrong to teach the children to love an innocent being, but not make the connection that it must have it throat slit and bleed out so it can be chopped up into pieces to make the meat they will eat. To then get the children to give these creatures the sick names of the meat they will be cut into is macabre and disgusting.
If you insist on this behavior I would suggest they see the process through and watch the pigs get slaughtered as well. Then they will truly understand where meat comes from and that the creatures they have raised, that have personalities, and that they may even come to love, will suffer and die because they "love to eat sausage too".
Why not grow a garden and teach them to love and respect the lives of these beautiful creatures - not for what they can be used for but for the beautiful life that they are. Please re-consider this project and what kind of lessons it will really teach these children, all they will learn is how to disconnect from the grim reality of their actions. I don't expect the children will be shown the slaughter process, which is, in effect, lying by omission.
I request that you abandon this project and find safe, suitable homes for the pigs.
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