Thursday, June 19, 2008
Pigs shot after they survived the flood
From CNN: Luck ran out for about a dozen pigs that escaped their flooded farm, swam through raging floodwaters and scrambled atop a sandbag levee in southeastern Iowa. Des Moines County sheriff's officials shot the pigs, saying they were worried the pigs would weaken the levee.
This makes me sad- the pigs swam through the flood, managed to get to safety, were close enough to rescuers that they could be approached, but instead of being saved and this story having a silver lining, they were shot. I know, I know, I'm a hippie treehugger, I get that slant of my brain. But there was something more here- I mean really, these animals were hungry, would it have been that difficult to lure them from the sandbags? Or maybe I don't understand the burrowing nature of pigs such that they could be a detriment to a levee of sandbags. I feel like if the levee was weak enough that a few pigs could destroy it, then, uh, the mighty river probably could too. I also realize that thousands of pigs are slaughtered every day, but still, the survival of these that fought so hard should have been more, if even to recognize that survival of the fittest would indicate these pigs were special. Or maybe just lucky.
Totally sad to me.
Posted by Jenni at 8:04 AM