Pigs now

Further to this post on the intelligence of pigs (and how they are not food):

  • Last night’s BBC Radio 4 In Business (20:30 – 21:00) included one interviewee farmer telling how Britain’s early implementation of pig welfare directives had priced British pig farmers out of the market. The actual problem was not the welfare standards but that European farmers have not adopted the directives yet, making Britain’s pig products uncompetitive. Although I’m vegan I have a lot of sympathy for farmers. Personally, I think that, as with any animal, eating pig is something to be avoided. But if you don’t care about that, at least buy British pigs whose welfare is better. Find out more at Pigs Are Worth It – pig farmers asking for a fair deal.
  • Obama’s fateful ‘lipstick on a pig‘ gaff. If Palin hadn’t earlier asked “What’s the difference between a pitbull and a hockey mom? Lipstick.” this would probably have passed unnoticed. Take-home message: context is important. And perhaps also that hockey moms are overbred and dangerous?
  • And Compassion in World Farming, on a pig’s life.
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One thought on “Pigs now

  1. Both McCain and Obama had used “lipstick on a pig” to refer to dressing something up, before Palin mentioned the word. It’s a standard figure of speech, and the right are just overplaying it. It’s very frustrating and disheartening.

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