CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

February 28, 2012

A Pig’s Eye View of National Pig Day

Filed under: DOGS & OTHER ANIMALS,FEATURE STORIES,OP-ED — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A PIG’S EYE VIEW ON NATIONAL PIG DAY

Anonymous Pig Activist

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A PIG ACTIVIST’S PLEA

Whatever you humans do today, March 1, 2012, DO NOT eat at Cici’s Pizza. Instead, initiate a boycott against the restaurant.

Why? Because Cici’s not only offers pork toppings on its pizza—a singular crime worthy of boycott—but its current special is HOG PIZZA.

March 1 is NATIONAL PIG DAY.

 If you must dine at Cici’s order their other special: chicken wings. Even though they charge extra for this delicacy, keep in mind that it will not only reduce Cici’s assault on our ilk—it will reduce the number of our food competitors.

Remember, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you order HOG PIZZA!

…Anonymous Pig Activist

ABOUT NATIONAL PIG DAY

     Today is a landmark day, a day set aside to celebrate our ilk, a day to begin a whole new dietary regimen for humans.

     Today is the fortieth National Pig Day.

     On this anniversary I’d like to honor the two sisters, Mary Lynne Rave (North Carolina) and Ellen Stanley (Texas), who initiated National Pig Day in 1972*. 

     Rave wanted to accord to (us) pigs (our) rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.*

     Wow! Someone finally acknowledges our intelligence and domesticity. All they recognized previously was our natural inclination to roll and loll about in the mud, associating us with being the dirtiest farm animal!

     Anyway, our day has been celebrated in some quarters every year since 1972.

     Those of the human ilk often misunderstand what National Pig Day is. I recently read about a pioneering black country doctor who cared for his patients regardless of their financial capability. One local farmer was complimented for rewarding this doctor with a trailer-load of hogs. Rewarded! I’ll bet our distant cousins weren’t considered pets, but ended up on the dinner tables of his twelve-child family! The human ilk consider us worth nothing more than a food source!

     Some of these humans celebrate the day by eating spare ribs, bacon and ham made from our slaughtered brethren, while others hold  pig party celebrations where pink pig punch and pork delicacies are served***

THE YOINK PIGFREED HONOREES

     The National Pig Day Yoink First Honoree goes to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of cruelty to Animals for their positive celebrations of National Pig Day. Having three adoptable pigs (yes, people do love us and honor us with pet status) at their shelter, they invited the human public to help make a giant fruit salad. Human children watched some of our distant relatives chow down this snack.

      The Yoink Second Pigfreed Honoree award goes to all those unknown humans who celebrate National Pig Day by watching a double feature movie, Charlotte’s Web and Babe, all the while rolling in a well-buttered popcorn feast.

     This year a distant Yoink Honorable Mention must be presented to McDonald’s Restaurant—not for their menu, but for their decision to phase out…their suppliers (who use)…stalls that confine pregnant sows. Suppliers already have made progress in adopting alternatives to so-called gestation crates while others are expected to provide their plans for them by May 1.

FURTHER ACTION NEEDED

     Still further steps need to be taken to protect our ilk. Us pig must root for and campaign for the use of stalls which allow free movement for our relative pigs who are caught in the human pork-eating industry. Ultimately, what is best for us is to have free range movement, with plenty of water and dirt to make mud holes. And lots of food: perhaps restaurants and schools could recycle their leftover food waste to us?  The yummiest meals come from this source.

A WRITER’S PIG DAY PROMPT:

WRITE SOMETHING FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A PIG

     Several corralled pigs rolled in the soupy mud, coating themselves in the brown earthy mix, while a few others crowded about the wire link fence. A cheerful oink-chorus, echoing throughout the hills, was joined by cow moos, rooster cockadoodle doodle doos, horse neighs, owl hoots, creating a vocal cacophony of barnyard sounds.

     Those who could translate the pig language sent their message throughout the surrounding towns: McDonald’s was calling for humane treatment in the pig-world. No longer would this fast food restaurant serve humans their bodies if they weren’t treated humanely.

     Two barnyard animals, the cows and the chickens, couldn’t help but be jealous of the action McDonald’s designed for their compatriots, the pigs. Some of them growled at the pig’s celebration, flicking their tails to scatter the surrounding flies into the pig sty.

     If only McDonald’s would rally for humane treatment of us cows and chickens, they bemoaned.

     Perhaps Micky D should begin serving the basic food, vegetarian burgers made with soy. Then all the animals would be safe.

     The oink-chorus with its barnyard cacophony continued while the best of the animals began making posters and fliers that pushed soybeans.

     Will the human ilk respond to their campaign to save the animals and promote good human health?

     Only time will tell.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

WHAT RIGHTS DO CATS HAVE, I ASK

THE AMAZING BEAVER

BEAR CARNIVAL IN CONNELLSVILLE, PA.

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

The Cat with the Calico Tail

The “Meow” Chorus: A cat symphony on a Greyhound Bus

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