A person I met recently through a professional network this week posted an album of his kids visiting a nearby pig farm. This is one of those “pasture-raised” farms where the pigs can lounge about happily and interact with visitors. The photos showed his daughter snuggling with some piglets and a family of pigs relaxing in the early summer sun. I wrote a blog post not too long ago that parodied this very notion, you can read it here. Come to find out, that blog posted wasn’t satire at all.
The caption that accompanied the photos read something like: “Took the kids to the The Piggery to ‘show them where food comes from.'”
Where food comes from?* Pigs aren’t food. They are animals. Sentient beings. Wait, am I missing something here? So, I visited the Piggery’s website and found this explanation of this pig paradise located on a 70-acre farm in Trumansburg, just outside of Ithaca, NY:
Here at The Piggery, we’re a different kind of farm. We’re doing everything we can to create pork that is good for the people, good for the land and good for the pigs, with a focus on minimizing our carbon footprint. We raise heirloom breeds of pigs on pasture, supplemented with locally raised GMO-free small grains (barley, wheat, triticale, peas).
Good for the pigs? Now I know I am missing something here. You can actually bring your kids to the farm to play with the piglets who will, most likely the next day, be murdered for their meat? What part of this is “good for the pigs”?
The site then goes on to mention that they breed “handsome Mulefoot & Glouchestshire Old Spot boars with Yorkshire, Durcoc, Hampshire and Tamworth ladies to make some darn cute piglets.” Darn cute piglets? What’s the point of how cute they are if they are going to eventually be slaughtered? Does cuteness get you out of your death sentence?
Rest assured, these well-bred, cute piglets are being “humanely slaughtered.” According to the site, “We have witnessed the slaughtering procedure and are comfortable that the slaughterhouse does a good, humane job.” They should change their tagline to “We Put Laughter Back into Slaughter.”
See what I did there?
There is no such thing as “humanely slaughtered” anything. And educating your kids about their food source being animals they can play with, isn’t an education at all. All of this aside, if you’re looking for a fun field trip in the Finger Lakes and you want to show your kids “where food comes from,” I recommend Indian Creek Farm or Cornell Orchards or Little Tree Orchards in Newfield. I also recommend you …
* I should mention that the next day I mentioned this to one of my omnivore friends and she immediately agreed. Food comes from animals. This is such an incredibly foreign concept to me since I made the connection.