Something I have noticed overtime (at greater frequency) is how people create their own false perceptions as 'facts'......without even knowing the facts.
It's actually scary to me. And it's incredibly damaging to one's self to rely on false information.
Here are some examples:
I have actually experienced it myself when a few have said "Oh you must be depressed or you have an 'emotional' illness' via Lyme Disease/Pots Syndrome. P.S. Lyme/Pots is 100% a physical illness - only - that does affect you emotionally....yet is not an emotional illness. And it's not a spiritual illness although it will certainly challenge your faith (In my case, my faith has been strengthened). And it's not depression. I will write an entire post on this very soon as so many of you have requested me to.
I also hear it when people are discussing their diets. I have heard 'You aren't getting enough protein' to vegans and vegans explode into laughter. I have heard it when people say things like 'everything in moderation is good for you'. Oh boy.
I have seen & heard it in the beauty industry and 'natural' product industry: 'Well, it says 'natural' on the product so, it's good for you'. No, not necessarily.
And sadly, I have heard it with people creating false perceptions of other people in conversation. So sad.
What examples can you share?
Knowledge is powerful...actually being informed of factual information so you can make informed wise decisions. And when people are speaking from a place of being informed, I listen respectfully. I also like to share only from a place of being informed.
This all brings us to the title of this blog post, Why I Do Not Eat Pigs.
I have found that many people truly are not informed about the intelligence of pigs and 'pig meat'. And if they were informed, they would literally never ever eat them again. You just cannot eat them once you are aware of the facts.
I will never eat a pig. But, I sure would love to care for one. Growing up, my mom & her friends bought a friend of theirs a baby micro-pig. And I was able to hold it. It was the sweetest & most gentle animal ever. And the pig was SO smart!
So, here are 5 Facts about pigs (sources linked) that should be enough to guarantee you would never eat one again. And if you do - after reading this - it would be disturbing.
1. According to research, pigs are much smarter than dogs, and they even do better at video games than some primates. In fact, pigs are extremely clever animals who form complex social networks and have excellent memories. Eating a pig is like eating your dog! Pigs have the mental capacities of a 3-year-old human. Let that sink in guys. Pigs have the mental capacity of a 3 year old child. Fascinating.
Pigs are extraordinarily intelligent. They are curious and insightful animals who are widely accepted as being smarter than young children of at least 3 years of age, dogs, and even some primates.
2. Dr. Rasid Buttar the author of, "9 Things to Keep the Doctor Away" says the two things people should never eat are Pork and Margarine. Margarine is obvious, it's liquid plastic, and Pigs (really any farm animal) from CAFO's are not good for humans or animals.
3. Pigs are easily trained to walk on a leash, use a litter box and do tricks. Pigs enjoy snuggling close to one another and prefer to sleep nose-to-nose.
4. Mother pigs use individual calls for each of their piglets. Newborn piglets recognize their own calls and run to their mothers voices.
5. Pigs have incredible memories and can travel miles to find their home should they get lost. They literally know how to find their way back up to over 11 miles.
If you aren't into these warm fuzzy facts and still intend to eat pigs, then read this article.
If you eat a pig after reading the article I just linked (above sentence), I would be speechless.
My overall message to you is to know the actual facts in every situation before you create an opinion and a choice.
I have come to believe through experience that people are so attached to their false perceptions that they are uncomfortable with the actual truth. Do not be one of those people in life.
'I am not a momentary decision maker. I like well informed decisions' - Natalia Dyer
Created and curated by Kelly, Snapshots of Wellness encourages all of you to cultivate your 'joie de vivre': Compassion for Animals via food, style & lifestyle.