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what's going on in a vegan's mind...

So today my daughter brings home from school a flyer with a picture of a pig in the middle, and some information about the carnival they are having on the last day of school, and how there's one contest where the teacher that loses must 'kiss the pig'. 

Of course the vegan mind is already at work as soon as the words, 'pig' and 'carnival' come up! And then with horror I realize that it's exactly the picture I was looking at yesterday, trying to determine whether to put the image in an ebook I'm writing. It's the same image as what I saw, only this time, on my daughter's flyer from school, everything is just about cropped off except the pig's face. Only there's a little bit of the cage there. The gestation cage where the pigs stay for 3 months at a time and can barely move or turn around.

So I'm looking at this pig with such dismay. That an adult at school saw that image, and thought it appropriate on a flyer for kids for a carnival. 

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Comment by Mary on June 9, 2015 at 4:31am

I feel so out of place at the school and advocating is such hard work:) School board? I'm already on one but it's for the founding of a montessori charter school! Mom's like us just don't go away.

Comment by ednshell on June 9, 2015 at 1:18am

Good on you Mary!  Ya you are the type (and me too!) that Charlotte Iserbyt (former senior adviser on education under the Reagen administration), talks about, active parents that are good for the community but that the school board is actually trained (by our government) to identify and target to shut you down.  Maybe you should run for the school board! :D

Comment by Mary on June 8, 2015 at 8:03am

Here was the comment I left on the facebook page

"I hate to be a downer but this picture is from a photo from a gestation cage, which is only the size of the pig, and in which they are confined for 3 months during every pregnancy with barely the ability to turn around. Maybe a photo of a free range, healthy pig would be more appropriate." But they are sick of me advocating on a million other issues and so far they have not responded. One of the parents own the pig they are using.  I told my kids; well they saw my reaction when I saw the flier my daughter brought home so I explained where the picture came from. It's so weird that I was looking at that exact graphic the day before and felt such dismay, whereas somebody else could look at the same picture and crop out most of the cage and call it good! I'll see the school staff again tomorrow and see what they have to say.

Comment by ednshell on June 8, 2015 at 6:49am

I would call the school and complain.  If they want to put up a pic of a happy safe pig from the farm sanctuary that would be okay but to put up a pic of a pig that is headed for slaughter and is in a cage of torture is  totally inappropriate for such a happy family friendly event.  I would not want my kids seeing that pic and thinking that is an okay way to treat any animal.  under animal rights laws that is  criminal to treat a pet that way.  I would demand that the pic be changed immediately and I would offer to give them an appropriate one to use with 'farm sanctuary' or 'PETA' somewhere in the pic and I'd find out where they are getting the actual pig from and take action there to if need be.  our local humane society has a farm sanctuary with pigs that have been saved and will not be slaughtered.

Comment by Mary on June 6, 2015 at 1:14am

gaak!  now the picture is on my facebook posted by the school!!


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