There's a good reason to celebrate the Year of the Pig. Pigs are among the most intelligent animals and are known for their long memories and sophisticated communication skills. They're playful, sensitive beings who, like humans, love and cherish their families. We know because we have seven rescued pigs at PACK Sanctuary and over 100 rescued and living in peace at our new affiliate's farm sanctuary in Linkou.
But many pigs born over this Lunar New Year won't live long enough to see the next one. Instead, on farms around the world, they'll be taken away from their mothers just days after their birth to enter a short and grueling life on a factory pork farm just to fill our bellies with that salty meat. Naturally pigs can live for more than a decade, but after as little as five months spent inside a dark, crowded warehouse, many will face a terrifying journey to the slaughterhouse, where they will be violently killed and dismembered, all so that their flesh can become someone's pork.
Imagine for a moment the absolute terror of being torn away from your family, mutilated, and imprisoned for months in a filthy, windowless shed with others like you. Millions of smart, sensitive pigs endure this abuse each year. Whether such misery takes place on a farm in Asia or the U.S., the pain and fear experienced by these animals is the same.
Please make this year a good one for pigs by considering to lower your pork intake. There are so many mock meats and pork alternatives now that taste greta and provide even better nutritional value. We love pigs at PACK. That's why we don't eat them.