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Pork, Pig or Pet? – Meet your Meat

Pork is delicious, this is a fact. Pigs are pink, cute and crazy smart, this is a fact too. Pets are there to help us experience unforgettable “aww” moments every single day – among other things, and pigs can do that, just like dogs.




I stopped eating pork for the same reason I would never eat dog or cat meat.

I am not a vegetarian, at least not yet. I did stop eating pork after I met Simon, my pig. The video covers Simon’s story and all he meant to me. In just a week, Simon had learned his name, he recognized me, he mingled with the dogs and he made my heart melt. For a week, he was my pet, so I stopped eating pork for the same reason I would never eat dog or cat meat.

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My foster girls Pela meeting Simon.

The most interesting of all is how we humans learn, from a very early age to disassociate the actual animal from the meat we consume. The cute bunnies, piglets, and baby sheep we find adorable, are at the same time delicious. The average person will pet a baby goat and find it adorable, and the very same night he will have goat meat for dinner. How weird is that?

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Me falling in love with Simon

we humans learn, from a very early age to disassociate the actual animal from the meat we consume.

There are also people who keep bunnies or other farm animals as pets, and yet eat meat. As long as it is not their own bunny in the oven, it’s fine. Bunnies are edible, so we eat them, but nobody could ever imagine eating their own pet. That’s weird too. It’s like eating other people’s dogs, but not your own.

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Laura and Simon

By consuming meat alone, and not taking any part or even witnessing the rest of the procedure, we are “innocent”. Most of us could not even imagine slitting the throat of a cute baby goat, we even accuse farmers of being too cruel for actually killing animals they raised themselves, and yet, meat is part of our daily diet, and we demand that it is there, available, abundant and cheap.

the truth is that lamp is delicious because someone slit a cute baby’s neck

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Simon relaxing after his digging for roots

I guess that us people today have this tendency of hiding from the truth – and the truth is that lamp is delicious because someone slit a cute baby’s neck. We “animal lovers” that smile when we are presented with photos of baby farm animals need someone to do the dirty work for us. We are basically hypocrites, and that’s fine, as long as we realize it and admit to ourselves that we are no better than the butcher.

Another thing that Simon helped me realize is that I am a hypocrite

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Simon helped me associate the meat I eat to the actual animal. He was not special just because I met him and petted him, he was just a pig, and he was special in the same way that all pigs are. The millions of pigs and piglets slaughtered every day are no less “Simon” that Simon himself. Potentially, they all are (were and always will be) smart, cute, trainable pets, just like the Yulin dogs.

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That face!

Simon helped me associate the meat I eat to the actual animal

Another thing that Simon helped me realize is that I am a hypocrite. I wish I could go vegan (it’s not that I can’t, it’s that I won’t) – I would not be a hypocrite then. But then again, I am a dog owner and a dog rescuer, and when I am fostering an emaciated, sick dog, I will feed him the best of meat and will not feel bad about it. I am human, and I have pet dogs, and pet dogs eat meat (I find absolutely despicable by the way forcing dogs and cats to go vegan). So if I go vegan, will my veganism disappear every time I feed my dogs?

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The amazing five

I know this post made no sense, because nothing in my head about the topic makes sense. I do believe though that farmers and villagers who keep farm animals, protect them, vaccinate them, feed them and the slaughter them with their bare hands and eat them are much more honest than you and I ever will be. So, no hard feelings for Simon’s owner, none whatsoever.



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4 thoughts on “Pork, Pig or Pet? – Meet your Meat”

  1. Valia, what an amazing article and your requiem to a pig is another tear jerker! I, too, have always loved pigs so your article hit home. How I wish compassion was in every human’s DNA, just like love is inbred in every dog’s DNA!

    1. Oh.. thanks! It’s a very complicated matter for me. I don’t know why it has to be so complicated, but it is. 🙁

  2. I’m glad Simon calling u an hypocrite worked better than me doing it! 😉
    And about the dog feeding situation: THEY have no choice… Even those dogs and cats that freely choose to eat fruits and vegetables (I personally met them) can’t survive on that. Our responsibility in that case is to give them a corpse that didn’t suffer during its life

    1. A!!!! Que estas haciendo aca?? Dejame en paz de una vez!! It’s difficult to feed them meat for animals that haven’t suffered… :/

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