“The Difference is in Their Eyes”

This is a sketch Twyla Francois, an investigator with Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals, did of a sow she tried to help at an auction.  Twyla says, “The sketch has not been exaggerated in any way – this was her real expression.  She was pleading to have her pain stopped.” Twyla tells Tara’s story, “Tara: The Story of One Sow”, here (in PDF format).

Tara Sketch by Twyla Francois

At the end of the narrative, Twyla writes: “As Tara’s story shows, farm animals desperately need us to advocate for them wherever they are.  Because of this, CETFA has created a volunteer inspector program. Volunteer inspectors can be anyone with an interest in helping farm animals – at auctions, at collecting stations and during transport – anywhere these animals are publicly accessible.  Please see our website for the Volunteer Inspector’s Checklist or contact us at care@cetfa.com”.

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“Friend not food!” by Bob Timmons, Artist for the Ocean. Depicts his daughter and pig playing in the field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“schweinehaltung” or “Caged Pig” by Dirk Giesselmann

Dirk Giesselmann is a leading vegan, multi-media artist in Germany. See his powerful flyers, posters, photos and videos at his soylent website and English translations of some of his works on our website.

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A pig in the sun at Farm Sanctuary by Jo-Anne McArthur

This beautiful photo, by Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals, is of a happy pig at the Farm Sanctuary. Jo-Anne says, “The photo was shot at Farm Sanctuary. I took the shot from the pig’s point of view… I like to shoot animals from their height, showing a bit more of what they might see, rather than the typical shots we take, standing above them.” We asked Jo-Anne what motivates her in her photography of animals around the world both in situations of severe exploitation and, alternatively, of buoyant animal rescues. “Why I do the work I do?  I take photos of our relationships with animals.  The good and the bad.  There are a lot of nice portraits of animals out there but they don’t make us reflect on our often abusive relationships with them.  We might appreciate the animals aesthetically but that doesn’t move us to change, to help, to look at what is going on.  My photos aim to look beyond the beauty of an animal; perhaps we’ll see the reflection of our actions in the photos of them.”

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“Free Me” by Twyla Francois

Twyla writes: “In my experience, pigs are the worst treated of all farm animals. It is as though they are singled out for abuse.

If they have the misfortune of being a sow they will not know one moment of kindness their whole life through. Sows (breeding female pigs), are confined to barren metal crates only slightly larger than themselves for their entire adult lives. They develop crippling arthritis, are prone to fractures and often become lame. The vast majority, have pneumonia from living atop and breathing in their own waste and the waste of up to 5,000 other sows. They are driven mad by the incessant boredom, the constant craving for food and the continually thwarted natural instinct to build a nest for their soon-to-arrive piglets. She will have only 2 weeks with her babies (during which time she remains in a crate although somewhat larger), who will then be ripped away from her (I’ve seen sows punched in the face to remove them). She will be re-inseminated, then put back into a crate for the duration of her pregnancy.

By the time these sows are culled they are so worn out, beaten up and decimated they can barely walk. Because they are seen as so worthless they are often discarded on dead piles, killed in inhumane ways or abused with unspeakable acts.

No other animal seems to be made to suffer as pigs do.”

Wilbur’s Woe

“This is a simple painting to remind us what Wilbur’s fate is – to contrast between how we are allowed to see farm animals as children, vs the adult vision we have of them (as cuts of meat). It reminds us that when we eat pork we are eating an animal as worthy, intelligent and loving as Wilbur was.

Please note that if you still eat pork there are varying levels of cruelty according to the product it is produced into. Pepperoni, bologna, sausages and sausage patties are the most cruel: made from culled sows (breeding female pigs who’ve been confined to a crate their entire lives) and culled boars (who lived their lives equally confined and had their teeth broken at least twice a year). With pork loin, ham and pork roasts – look for dark red, tough patches in the meat. These are called “blood splash” and are the result of being hot hit with electric prods. The electric prod causes deep tissue damage which appears as these patches we’re all familiar with. It means the pig was likely loaded and unloaded roughly with electric proddings severe enough to cause damage many layers down.” –Twyla Francois

For more of Twyla Francois’ farm animal art and narrative, click here.

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Pigsaves by Tascha Parkinson

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Painting by Angie Carreiro

Angie Carreiro, animal rights illustrator, describes the intent behind her painting: “Behind closed doors innocent, helpless, scared pigs cower in fear from the everyday horrors they face. Slaughterhouses can only inspire violence. Hopefully this can inspire change.” See her website here.

Angie writes “This one is a statement on how monstrous eating meat really is. This woman is a typical   house wife cooking a meal for her family, but the image allows you to see the truth behind taking a taste of an over processed piece of meat. Straight from the slaughterhouse kill floor to the kitchen, no middle man involved.”

Painting by Angie Carreiro

Angie says, “This image shows the flip side of the cruel industry. Caring for animals is a rewarding, euphoric act. My boyfriend Kevin said, after visiting a local stockyard, ‘It is not until you work with animals in a happy atmosphere that you realize all the pictures you have seen of animals who look scared in factory farms, slaughterhouses, or any other hostile environment are truly terrified, you can see the difference in their eyes.’”

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Joyful pigs at Farm Sanctuary enjoying apples. Photos by Kevin Weil

Kevin Weil took these photos at Farm Sanctuary where there are a lot of apple trees, so the pigs get special treats during those seasons! Kevin’s email is weilkevin@me.com.