Erin Brenneman I read a comment yesterday that stated all pork producers are “vile monsters” and must “stop abusing [their] animals.”
I know that you should never acknowledge such drastic and incorrect comments because they are made to do exactly what they did – get a rise out of me and get my heart rate going.
I won’t acknowledge the comment and go on the defense. All I want is for people to formulate their opinions from facts and real farmers, not activists who skew peoples' perception of reality.
I would like to start off by stating that if you know me or anything about me, you would instantly know that I am not an animal abuser nor would I ever be a part of anything that would resemble such a thing.
I’m that crazy kind of person who would take my car into the ditch avoiding a rabbit. I have two overgrown dogs and five overfed horses, and sometimes I feel like I might be pushing my limits of both of those with my husband.
It is just an animal-loving instinct that I have always possessed.
If you don’t know me personally, I would like you to know that I love my job as a pig caretaker.
Every day I get to go and save pigs, giving them the best chance at a healthy life so that they may fulfill their purpose in this world in the most humane and healthy way possible. As for tomorrow, I am going to do the same thing only try and make it even better.
How incredibly fortunate I am to be doing something I love.
Erin Brenneman I don’t help the little piglets up to nurse or assist a farrowing sow get the pigs out when she gets fatigued for abuse purposes. We don’t employ a 24-hour staff to attend sows giving birth like a hospital does for people, just to abuse our animals at more hours of the day.
We do all of those things because we believe it is what is best for our pigs on our farm.
If I thought, after these 10 years of working with the pigs, that it was anything sinister and cruel, I most certainly would not be a part of any of it.
Remember, I wasn’t brought up thinking this is the normal thing to do, this is how our food is raised, and that’s just how it is. It had to be shown to me after I was 20 years old and completely inexperienced in agriculture.
I had to learn the entire process from A to Z, and I definitely had to question the whys of modern day livestock production because I had the same hesitation of any consumer – I simply didn’t know or realize.
Once I learned and physically saw these whys, it became crystal clear and transformed the way I looked at what I was going to do for a living.
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