Anyone saddened by news stories about the poor pigs who escaped a flooded southeastern Iowa farm, swam several miles through raging floodwaters, and scrambled atop a sandbag levee, only to be shot by sheriff's officials, can do something to save other clever, charismatic pigs: Go vegetarian.
Millions of pigs are hung upside-down, scalded, and bled to death, often while they're still conscious, in slaughterhouses every year. Pigs feel pain every bit as much as we do, are horrified at the sight and smells of the slaughterhouse, and are afraid to die. Like us, they fight for their lives and struggle to avoid suffering.
There is no reason for any pigs to die such tragic, violent deaths. Tasty, healthy, and humane mock meats-including Tofurky sweet Italian sausages, Morningstar Farms veggie dogs, Yves Veggie Cuisine's Canadian veggie bacon and deli slices, and other faux pork products-are available in most supermarkets.
By choosing vegetarian foods instead of animal flesh, each one of us can save more than 100 animals every year. See http://www.goveg.com/ for more information.