By Kristen Johnson
Today is National Bacon Day. In celebration of such a momentous day, I would like to celebrate by celebrating pigs, and my new personal hero, Mr. Harold Brown.
Mr. Brown is a 5th-generation cattle farmer, and a vegan activist. He suffered a heart attack at the age of 18. Although he switched to veganism initially because of health reasons (heart disease), his morals and ethics soon followed. (Independent).
Reading about Mr. Brown, I am struck by two things. One is that he mentions that message of using animals as utility and commerce was enforced in church. (I can’t tell you how many times I have been accused nearly outright of being a pagan because in the Bible Peter had a vision that said it was okay to eat meat and I refuse to do so.) Secondly, I am struck by the outright bravery of Mr. Brown for standing up for what is right in the midst of being raised in a family business that raises animals specifically for slaughter. After enduring 10 years of disparaging comments from friends, family members, and outright strangers after becoming a vegan, I know how tiresome it can be. I can’t imagine having the guts to stand up to an entire industry!
If a 5th-generation cattle farmer can switch to veganism, then anyone can do it. Before eating that next disgusting piece of bacon, you might consider the following:
- Pigs are smarter than dogs and can solve problems as well as chimpanzees.
- They have excellent long-term memories.
- They love to play, and that often includes “mock-fighting” like dogs do.
- They learn from and cooperate with each other.
- They have empathy. (DailyMail)
So, before you eat your next piece of bacon, you might want to think about whether or not you would eat your dog. If you wouldn’t consider eating your dog, then you shouldn’t consider eating a pig.
Thank you to Harold Brown for showing us the way to living compassionately. And, thank you to my neighbor’s pig, Iggy, for running and squealing with delight every time I see you over the fence. You are my constant reminder that in the Garden of Eden we didn’t eat meat, so that’s likely God’s reminder that we were originally meant to eat only plants.
Genesis 1:29 (NRSV): God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
Serve all with love.
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