Yet Another Reason to Go Vegan: Government Bails Out Pork Industry to the Tune of $100 Million


This is a re-post from the Mercy For Animals blog. Your tax dollars don’t just go to bail out banks. They go to bail out the animal agriculture industry. I hate that my tax dollars go to support something that I don’t believe in. Can you watch this video and still continue to support the meat industry? Or will you just turn away, not watch it, deny the situation exists and continue eating meat?

“Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced that it would buy up to $170 million-worth of meat products to bail out the animal agriculture industry from drought-induced profit losses. Associated Press reports, “The USDA plans to buy up to $100 million of additional pork products, $50 million of chicken, $10 million of lamb and $10 million of catfish.”

While the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is more than willing to rake in a federal giveaway of a hundred million dollars, it strongly opposes federal laws, such as the egg industry reform bill, that aim to improve the lives of animals on factory farms. The NPPC seems to support federal involvement only when it benefits its bottom line.

Further, the pork industry continues to use, and defend, inhumane practices that are simply out of step with the values of the majority of America’s tax payers, such as confining pregnant pigs in gestation stalls so narrow the animals can’t turn around, lie down comfortably, walk, or engage in basic natural behaviors.

The governmental program is choosing to bail out cruel factory farmers instead of looking out for the best interests of animals, the environment, or consumers.

A recent Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at a Walmart pork supplier revealed some of these cruel practices that the USDA-protected animal agriculture industry tries so hard to keep hidden from the American public.

At this Walmart pork supplier, pregnant pigs are confined to filthy, metal gestation crates barely larger than their bodies, and sick and injured pigs with severe, bleeding wounds or infections are left to suffer without veterinary care.

While MFA continues to expose the cruelties inherent in pork production, ultimately consumers hold the greatest power to end the needless suffering of animals by switching to a compassionate vegan diet. Visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more.”

Please let me know your thoughts on this.

Sara Sawochka

2 thoughts on “Yet Another Reason to Go Vegan: Government Bails Out Pork Industry to the Tune of $100 Million

  1. I did not watch the video; I am unable to repeatidly expose myself to the horrors of this truth that I already know. I do hope that all who have not made the connection will watch it though. I too am unhappy about paying for these and other government programs that I do not believe in; we just have to keep being the voice and speak for those who can’t do so for themselves. Veganism is becoming more mainstream and maybe with people like us continuing to spread the word, one day it will have such an impact that all people will lead compassionate lifestyles and be armed with the knowledge that Veganism is the right choice.

    • I agree with you Sarah. It is hard watching those videos. I meant that comment more for people who eat meat: do they watch those videos and still turn away. You bring up a good point: vegan or not–those videos are incredibly hard to watch.

      Thank you for your comment. As always they are enlightening and appreciated!
      Sara Sawochka

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