Last night we happened to catch the end of a PBS program on TV that
was about farmers’ markets and market places of the United States. The
part about Hawaiian markets was fascinating to watch; the variety of
tropical fruit was incredible; and it was interesting to see and hear
the enthusiasm of the growers as they explained their work.
However, the ending of this program, which featured a huge indoor
marketplace located in Cleveland, Ohio, left a “bad taste in our mouths”
(as the saying goes): a very insensitive promotion/exploitation of pigs.
The program went downhill with displays loaded with butchered animal
products, a scene of a man carrying a completely wrapped pig over his
shoulder, while a woman vendor, proudly showing a whole dead piglet,
talked joyfully about children enjoying seeing piglets. Then the title
of the program was shown in large letters: “To Market, To Market to Buy
a Fat Pig” – and we were sorry that we had tuned in to this program that
ended with such insensitivity.
When will the public acknowledge the pain and suffering of farmed
animals and stop contributing to it directly or indirectly with their
money? Making excuses for not going vegan only prolongs the agony of the
animals and the deterioration of the health of people and the
environment. There are no excuses!