A Matter Of Perspective

Updated: Mar 27, 2019

Occasionally, my Facebook feed produces some massive ironies with its juxtapositioning of photos and stories. You may recall I wrote a blog last year about one such instance (https://www.pohpsanctuary.com/blog/a-bitter-irony). This morning, it laid another in my lap.

The first story concerned a group of animal activists (for this, read Compassion Warriors or Heroes) in California. They had lain in wait outside a slaughter house for a murder wagon carrying a doomed cargo of pigs, on the last stage of a miserable and utterly unnecessary journey into hell. There, in an emotional vigil, they stopped the truck and gave the terrified creatures water. As an act of ‘witness’, a group of 60 people shed tears and tried to let the inconsolable victims know that they were loved. Was it a futile act? Well, they’ve been doing it twice a week for two years and finally, the mighty LA Times has taken notice. It resulted in a very fair, if not quite favourable report of their attempts to make a difference and bring a halt to theriocide. Maybe the notion that the vigil actually offered some comfort to the poor pigs, who are all now dead is flawed, but at least Los Angeles now has the hideous truth laid before it, perhaps alongside the eggs and bacon, on its collective breakfast table. And truth eventually spreads.

If you’re not aware, this type of vigil activity goes on all over Canada too. Surely you saw that one kind individual was even (farcically) prosecuted for giving helplessly dehydrated pigs water? (Fortunately, justice and common sense ultimately prevailed, and she was found not guilty.) I am proud to say I have friends who have braved the emotional minefield of participating in such events and attended vigils themselves. Personally, I know that I would be destroyed by seeing and experiencing the horrors of even the pig’s confinement. So when I saw, directly beneath the harrowing photo of the slaughter bound pigs, in almost shockingly stark contrast, the picture below, it was almost a form of relief.

It’s by a lady called Sarah Parsons, an artist from Kelowna. Singlehandedly, Sarah has set out to raise funds for sanctuaries, particularly those that offer care for pigs. In her own words: