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ONE MILLION pigs have been buried alive in the Republic of Korea while BILLIONS of others are butchered globally.

January 11, 2011

South Korea has been heavily criticised for burying up to one million pigs alive as it grapples with a foot and mouth disease outbreak.

We’ve seen the headlines, read the graphic details, reacted with horror and indignation, and condemned the Republic of Korea. But remember that childhood saying about pointing fingers and that three are pointing back at yourself when you do so?

This isn’t a Korean problem, one of geographic isolation, but rather a global crime affecting billions. The speciesist mentality that has allowed these pigs to be perversely treated is the same speciesist mentality that infects every place on Earth.  We are ALL culpable when we do not reject ALL abuse.

But  what is disturbing is that some people will criminalize other nations and practices as an EXCUSE to commend more “civilized” societies. People exploit cases such as these to continuously endorse exploitation elsewhere. Someone, please share how being buried alive is anymore INHUMANE than being eviscerated alive, burned, boiled, or skinned, the LEGAL and STANDARDIZED form of agriculture “production” and slaughter in our very own “civilized” backyard in America? While so many are screaming for better welfare practices, which only benefit humans rather than the animals for whom they are “intended”, please remember that the US, for example, has NO protections for animals commodified for food. And, too, how come so many protest puppy mills but not sow, cattle, chicken, or mink mills?

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So what do you want? You want them to be “humanely” slaughtered? You mean, via electrocution bath, skinning, or dismemberment? Or vaccinated a few months before they are humanely slaughtered?

The only reason why this has caused such widespread condemnation is because it makes it so much easier to support cruelty elsewhere as comparatively “humane” and “considerate”. Please, don’t be shocked at other countries when your very own has trivialized life by championing “kind” euphemisms to describe the EXACT SAME WIDESPREAD INHUMANE BARBARISM.

I’m not trying to diminish anyone’s horror; I understand that it IS shocking and repulsive and unacceptable and NEEDS EXPOSURE. I just want others to recognize that it is just as unacceptable and repulsive and shocking as what happens DAILY by the millions EVERYWHERE. So please keep protesting, but also protest on behalf of those whom suffer daily horrors only to be killed via JUST-AS if not MORE-SO shocking ROUTINE practices everywhere else.

In other words, as Jude says, “Illuminate the hypocrisy …”

Be certain. Be humane.  Be vegan.


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pigs are pigs but men are the swine:(

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

3 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 11, 2011 2:27 pm

    pigs are pigs but men are the swine:(


  2. Carol permalink
    January 13, 2011 4:53 am

    I know people who say they care about animals, yet can’t be bothered to make a few clicks to sign a petition protesting animal cruelty. I would say that the majority of people who have signed petitions condemning Korea for burying animals alive, also sign petitions to other countries including their own whenever the need arises. These are people who condemn cruelty to animals everywhere; cruelty to human animals as well as to non-human animals. To suggest to these people that burying animals alive is no worse than skinning alive, boiling alive, etc., is stating the obvious as most are at least vegetarian and many are vegan. I am sure it is unintentional to be taking the heat off what is going on at present in Korea, but that is exactly what this article is inadvertently implying. I feel this is not the time to be preaching to the (mostly) converted.



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