Leave out the swine

There's no need to enjoy bacon along with wine. Food animals have a right and desire to live.

Editor: “Bacon, B.C. wine, Dad and puppies” are the opening words in an article on an event at Township 7 Winery (“Wine and swine and puppies,” The Times, June 13).

Am I the only person who spotted the word which doesn’t belong in this opening group of words? Bacon doesn’t belong — the other words represent pleasure and life to the owners.

Bacon comes from the carcass of a piglet who was slaughtered at six months (the equivalent of human toddlers) because some humans like the taste. This is not a very complimentary view of our species.

Did you know that pigs are more intelligent than dogs and can play video games? Have you seen the transit ads in Vancouver, depicting, “Why eat one (the pig) and love the other (the dog)?”

All food animals have a right and desire to live, just like animals we call pets. Some cultures eat dogs. If we consider eating rashers of dog meat repugnant, why don’t we feel the same for rashers of bacon?

Just because North Americans are used to bacon doesn’t make it any more ethical than dog meat.

I would have liked to support PADS, but not at the expense of another species who in fact are more intelligent than dogs and had every right and desire to live, but whom some humans have arbitrarily label them as food.

Patricia Tallman,


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