I could almost hear the collective "awwwwwwwww..." after the country learned of the piglet that wiggled its way from the confines of a transport truck onto the shiny asphalt of North America's busiest freeway, the 401, to then be saved by a good Samaritan who brought the pretty porcine to the THS. The piglet was examined by veterinarians there and will be treated for a broken leg.
Though admittedly adorable, I cannot but think of the piglet's fate, had it not fallen from the truck: it would have arrived at a pig farm, to grow and be fattened up over a few months or more, to then be slaughtered and used for our consumption, the beings so willing to wolf down menu items of pork chops, bacon, and pancetta, and yet with hearts so warm as to rescue this pre-fab menu item in order to alleviate its suffering. This story should be both heart-warming and also a reminder of the thousands, no, millions of adorable piglets and pigs being led to slaughter at this very moment.
Is this blatant hypocrisy or rather a more innocent manifestation of our contemporary human condition?
Humans eat pork products willingly. Our hearts also warm when seeing images such as this.