I visited Where Pigs Fly, just outside of Sydney, to meet Bubbles the piglet and the other beautiful creatures that live there.
Where Pigs Fly is an animal sanctuary dedicated to the shelter and care of farmed animals. The most abused types of animals on this planet. It was really hard to comprehend that the wonderful animals we met would be DEAD and most likely EATEN had it not been for rescuers and the people at Where Pigs Fly.
The fact that humans kill and eat the corpses of sentient beings will never stop breaking my heart. There are some nights, when the darkness takes over the sky and I'm snuggled up in bed, that my mind wanders to the depths of darkness and unimaginable suffering that is inflicted upon these living, breathing, feeling creatures. They are just like you and I, they feel love, pain and fear. I lie there unable to figure out how I can truly help. How I can ease this suffering.
Unfortunately since the agricultural revolution we have become so removed from where our food comes from. I ate meat for ten years of my life, and I never once saw how my food came to be. We go to a store and are confronted with beautiful packaging and enticing names on meals. People ignore that the ham, steak, chicken breast that they are buying for dinner was once alive. Excusing the fact by saying "Humans have always eaten meat. We wouldn't be as evolved today if we didn't eat meat!".
Well if you know anything about history and evolution you will know that there are a hell of a lot of things that the human race used to do. Just because something was done in the past, doesn't mean it is an argument for continually doing it.
For years, "fallen women" in Ireland were sent to the Magdalene Laundries, the most despicable, degrading institutions set up by the Church. Unmarried pregnant women had their babies taken off them without their consent, they were prisoners in these hellish "homes". Thankfully these are a thing of the past, because change needs to happen in order for us to live better lives. Nobody could ever argue that these atrocious Laundries should have ever continued. In fact, people are so appalled that they were ever allowed to happen in the first place.
So to reiterate my earlier point - just because something was done in the past, doesn't mean it is an argument for continually doing it.
And let me also caveat this by saying: you can care about human rights and animal rights. They are not mutually exclusive. I am not using the Magdalene Laundries as a like-for-like comparison, I am simply using it to demonstrate that humans are capable of inflicting horrible acts but we are also capable of change. We are capable of standing up for those that need our voices. We are capable of learning from our mistakes and we are capable of kindness.
A few moments of pleasure on your tastebuds, is not reason enough for a life to end.