While the fundraiser was a success, the bucolic veneer masks a deeply disturbing pivotal element that belies the event â€“ the killing and consumption of an animal called the hog. Yes, a hog, not food. Just like a dog is a dog, and not food – not unless youâ€™re in China or Korea and youâ€™re part of the population that consumes dog meat.
What if the whole hog was replaced by a whole dog, say a stately St. Bernard, and was advertised that the entire St. Bernard would be featured in various dishes for the festival? Would this scene turn macabre all of a sudden? Why does it take a dog to make the scene suddenly unacceptable? If you couldnâ€™t stomach eating parts of the St. Bernard, say the ribs or the rump, why are you able to eat with indifference to the hogâ€™s flesh. She suffered, she felt pain and fear upon slaughter. She lived a shortened miserable existence so people can later kill her for her flesh.
There is no refinement, elegance, or justice in slaughter and butchering a sentient being that is more sociable and intelligent than your average dog. Not even if you dress up the event with foraging vegetables and music â€“ it just numbs the moral question. Why love the dog and eat the pig? A pig is not protein, just like a dog is not protein â€“ theyâ€™re ANIMALS who have a desire to live.
And before someone is tempted to write a sarcastic remark to make fun of this message, educate yourself by coming to one of the Langley Herbivores vegan potlucks. There are many others who have the same compassionate philosophy based on science and ethics. Thereâ€™s a reason why parents are eager to bring their children to vegetables gardens to pick vegetables, but not to a slaughterhouse. Join the growing movement and make peace rather than death.
Patricia Tallman, Langley