The cuteness of the piglets are giving me some pause. I have never had qualms about eating the animals we raise but these guys are seriously cute. Not to say that lambs and calves aren’t ,but I have to say piglets are pretty charming. With this said, we are providing them with a great life so I can take comfort in that. As a kid I was teased about the fact that we ate the animals we knew. Incredibly, here in America, we like to think that our food comes boneless, wrapped in plastic and served to us as lean protein and those that actually confront it are barbaric or cruel. There is definitely a change happening, but as a whole we are pretty removed from the process of raising and butchering meat.
Farming animals is an interesting thing: it is complicated, beautiful and rewarding. I think this is why farmers, as a rule, get so defensive when animal rightists start to talk about farming. We take on a lot of responsibility for our animals and it is never easy to take them to market or the slaughterhouse. It may not be easy, but farming animals is a tradition I am very proud my family participates in, even if I have to think a bit about why sometimes.