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This past week our papers were full of such horrific animal cruelty stories.  There was the story of 116 puppies found in a container and about to be shipped off to the UK market, there was the farmer in Wicklow who got away with mis-treating his animals, and then there was this case of incredible atrocities to pigs.

Happy pigs, grazing pigs

Happy pigs, grazing pigs

I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked…. ‘oh, how could you eat the pigs? They are so cute.’

One poor lady over on Facebook, got abused from a height recently because she put up a photo of her pigs at their feeding trough.  It was a rearview photo of the pigs, and her caption was ‘nice hams’.  Now I could see exactly what she meant – they were nice hams.  However, others thought her cruel and were quite abusive about her looking at the pigs in such a way.  For heavens sake, folks!

We, as humans, need protein in our diet.

Yes, I can see all those vegetarians and vegans jumping up and down right now saying that doesn’t mean we have to eat animals.  Well settle down.  You may have chosen not to eat animal flesh and that is your right.

I, however, will never ever give up meat.  I enjoy it too much.  I will have ‘meat-free’ days, but that’s about the limit of it.

And in answer to that other question ‘are you not sad to see the pigs go off to the abattoir?’.  No.

There are two things we know.

One – the animal has had a good life here.  It has eaten well, run around the field, played with its companions and slept in a nice warm bed.  It has stayed in bed all day if the weather isn’t nice.  It has had time to lie out in the sun, and get sunburn, if it is a nice day.  Why should we feel bad about this?

Secondly – we know that the abattoir that we take the animals too, makes their death a good one.

And to all those vegetarians who get high and mighty on social media telling me that cruelty to animals is why they don’t eat meat, I would say this.

You are bowing out.  You are just opting out.

Why not take up the challenge and fight for animal welfare.  Instead of not eating meat, why not consider sourcing your meat from a humane farm.  Ensure that these unique rare breeds don’t vanish.  Help fight the battle against such cruelty.

And to those who nip into the supermarket and pick up the latest ‘good value’ cheap meat product…. think about how the animal was reared and treated and more importantly what it was fed. What has been fed to the animals is what you are feeding yourself and your family.

You can make a difference.

You just need to want to make that difference.

 

 

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This really is going to be a rant!  Sorry, straight up!

I know I said earlier in the week I would share some recipes (and I will over the next few days), but I just cannot get over the way people are treating (or not treating) their animals. The weather has been so bad for almost 3 weeks now, and hit an all time low of -13 degrees last night – that’s damned cold.

And yet, there are two fields, just a couple of miles from our house and there are 3 or 4 horses in each field with not a scrap of shelter!  I don’t know much about horses, but I’m sure they feel the cold.  When I say no shelter – there is nothing.  These horses are out in fields on the side of a hill, with no over-coats on, no barn, not even a tree to shelter under.  That must be cruelty.  It makes me so angry.

On the same but slightly different note… as you know we did have 7 hens and one rooster, but over a period of a few days the fox took them.  Now, I am actually worrying about the fox!  I know I am mad/sad (both).  But the fox must be extremely hungry because he’s not even waiting for cover of darkness…. I saw the fox out yesterday afternoon at 2 p.m. foraging for food.  So despite the fact that he has eaten all our hens, I wonder should I leave some food out for him?  Then is he likely to become dependent on it, or hang around so much that I will be cursing when we get more hens???  I considered throwing some apples out in the orchard for him to find.  Will foxes eat apples and vegetables if they are hungry?

I heard a wildlife guy speaking on Derek Mooney’s radio show yesterday, suggesting cutting apples in half and leaving them out for the birds, so I’ve done that in a few places out of cats’ reach.  Mind you the same guy did suggest to people to approach their local supermarket for any bruised apples, that they could then take home and leave out for birds…. bet he’s never done that … we did, thinking of waste for pigs, and the reply we got was that the supermarket couldn’t give us the waste for Health & Safety reasons!!!!  Figure that one out!

We collected another trailer of ‘waste’ vegetables today from our local vegetable farmer for the pigs… it is a disgrace that these veg are considered waste…. and there are people going hungry in the world.  Farmer Alfie and I salvaged some for ourselves, so peppers are roasting in the oven as I write, and celery and cheese soup is on the menu for lunch tomorrow!

If you are out and about in this weather, wrap up warm and drive safely!

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