A few months back I did a post on Toronto Pig Save, and today I wanted to circle back to that topic because of the “pig trial” that is currently going on. Have you guys been hearing all about the trial lately?!
It’s all I’ve been seeing on my social media feeds! There’s a lot of organizations posting about “Stand with Anita” and “Pig Trial,” and I think it’s great that TPS, specifically Anita Krajnc, is getting so much attention.
Basically, the very short story of the deal is that back in 2015, a truck driver got mad at TPS for giving the pigs water. The whole ordeal was caught on tape, and it’s been an ongoing trial of Anita being charged with criminal mischief.
I feel like we’re fighting logistics and ignoring the bigger problem, that problem being that society is totally fine with the enslavement of living beings. Just because they don’t speak our language doesn’t mean they don’t have languages of their own (scientifically proven!) and are intelligent beings that we should be exploiting.
Actually, I don’t even care how intelligent they are. Whether they are smarter than us or not, we should not be exploiting living, sentient beings for profit. Imagine if the status of our lives, whether we got eaten or not, depended on our intelligence? It would be a barbaric world to say the least.
So Anita is not only one of the most compassionate people I’ve heard of, but she’s also a totalllll badass.
“The activist has said her only crime was compassion and that she would do it again.”
Seriously, go Anita, girl!
I admire the work that Anita and all of TPS does. They are all EXTREMELY brave and I don’t know if I would have the courage to do what they do.
That being said, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. I feel that my strength does not lie in my activism in terms of protesting and live demonstrations and vigils, but in my communication skills, for instance, writing this blog. I think that if I did what Anita did every day, I would constantly be getting caught up in my emotions and not portray myself professionally. Do you feel me on that? Maybe I’m just an emotional mess over animals all the time tho…. HA.
Anyway, that’s one thing that I love about the animal rights movement, there is virtually a million different ways to help. No matter what you’re good at, chances are you can morph that into your own form of activism. When I started my first year of college, I remember not having a clue what I wanted to do, other than help animals. I remember googling “what to major in if you want to help animals” and learning about public relations, and realizing that it was a perfect fit for me and the field I was interested in. At first, it can feel discouraging, as if there are no jobs in animal rights, but I assure you that there are! The last 4 jobs I have had all have been in the field, so keep looking to any of you who want to work to help the animals! (Also always feel free to contact me for job advice, this girl has done her fair share of searching around for jobs!)
Back to the trial tho!
One thing that really gives me a gross feeling is a statement from an article that the Chicago Tribune posted. The article states “Eric Van Boekel, the farmer who owned the pigs in Veldjesgraaf’s truck…” and then goes on to talk about what this man thinks of animal rights activism. The part of this statement that irks me SO much is “the farmer who owned the pigs,”part.
This is our problem. Society views living, sentient, intelligent being, as property.
We can do all we want to try to get people to see animals as more than just property, but it all comes down to the fact that the law views these animal as property. Property! We have all learned from history that considering a living being as “property” can be quite controversial.
Well I wanted to keep this post short and sweet because I have a LOT of opinions on this trial, and quite frankly, I don’t know if anyone actually wants to hear them! LOL but what are your opinions on Toronto Pig Save and the trial in general? I encourage everyone to read up on the issue as much as possible because even though not directly, this affects us all as activists.
Have a great night everyone and never be afraid to speak up for what you believe in! ❤