Stop tormenting breeding sows

Canada has a chance to make life more tolerable for sows that give birth to the pigs we eat.

They are highly intelligent animals that are, in essence, tortured during the duration of their breeding lives. Female pigs, social and aware, are held in extreme confinement during all but a few weeks around the birth of their piglets. Since most are impregnated shortly after their four-month gestation ends, the tragic routine continues, all in the name of pork production at the lowest possible cost. To call it inhumane is an understatement.

Worldwide, pressure on pork producers has changed legislation, forcing farmers throughout the European Union and Australia, for example, to dramatically reduce the amount of time breeding sows are stuffed into tiny cages. The stress the pigs suffer is intense enough that they develop behavioural problems, biting the metal bars until their mouths bleed. As Sayara Thurston of Humane Society International/Canada says, “they are basically driven insane.” Think about that next time you bite into barbequed ribs.

This week, Canada has the opportunity to change its rules and provide the sows that give birth to the pigs we eat something closer to humane treatment.

Read the full story here.

 

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About jensera

Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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