Pigs

Her Bloody Snout

Reaching out with a bloody snout. Both of us wish there were a way to get her out.

Red blood reprimands her perfectly pink nose.

Pigs Without Teeth

I had never had my hand so far inside a pig's mouth. She placed all of my fingers and palm past her lips to rest on the bumpy roof of her mouth. I was startled when I felt not a single tooth- They are always so gentle but these pigs had all had their teeth trimmed/ground off shortly after birth. This is a standard industry practice I wasn't aware of until today- even after 3 years of experience and research. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...

The Soft Morning Light

The soft morning sunlight was shining down on both myself and the pigs. I can't erase their faces from my mind- not that I even want to. I just can't help myself from thinking over and over again that they didn't live to see this evenings sunset.

Apologizing Ins't Enough

Honestly, it never gets easier. Some think I'm numb to the heart-ache, some wonder how I continue to do this. It has been over three years- each time feelings of never being able to do enough keep me coming back. 

When you meet these animals for yourself; being present, even offering love and sympathy simply isn't enough.

They Plead To Us

They are pleading for us to understand their position- their suffering and experience of torment. We can do something to stop this. Change your eating habits- like their lives depend on it. 

Look at Those Eyes

Look at their eyes. Look at them-all of them. They just want freedom- they want out of there. They want to live to see another day- they are pleading for us all to understand. 

I connected deeply with this pig

I connected deeply with this pig trapped inside. She pressed her snout out the transport grate- I offered as much love and sympathy as I could muster. My heart tore with desire to set her free. This moment was brief- yet I'll remember it forever. 

Oinks and Screams

Cries from both sides of the trailer. My own cry out to help; the pigs cry out for freedom. 

Whenever I approach a truck, I always scan the open grate holes for faces. I walked up to two snouts poking out at me and they affectionately came closer. The two pigs allowed me to pet their faces and one even reached out to lick my hand just like a puppy.

Rub Their Snouts Against My Nose

They are always so affectionate and forgiving. 

I'll never forget this moment. I felt overwhelmed by so many snouts peeking out at me as four pigs take turns rubbing their snouts against my nose. After experiencing such hurt by the harsh human hand, they still didn't hesitate to come closer to connect. 

How do you apologize for one of the worst crimes in human history? Actions speak louder than words.

"What Is She Thinking?"

"Get off the road you idiot!" A woman yells out of her car. 

I wonder if she would feel differently had she seen their faces for herself- the faces of the animals trapped inside. I wonder if she would be right there beside me fighting for their freedom. 

"Get off the road- What is she thinking?" I say to the pigs. "I'm so sorry"- With all of my heart. 

I Wish This Story Had A Happy

She was crying out for help. 

These animals are desperately pleading for our help; for their freedom. We do not need to understand the same language to listen. 

What is this pig saying to you? 

I reply- "I see you. I hear you." 

I do. I just wish there was something more I could do. 

Pig Licks My Hand Like A Puppy

A pig desperate for affection perpetually licks my hand just like any puppy. Moments later she was poked and prodded onto the kill floor. I'll never forget this moment we connected. 

Dehydrated Pig Dying For Water

A dehydrated pig dying for water. 

Signs of dehydration and heatstroke in pigs include heavy panting, a very high respiratory rate, muscle trembling and weakest or prostration. Heatstroke may be caused by high temperatures and expose to sunlight. This moment occurred on one of the hottest days of the summer; Truckload by the truckload animals suffer in these poorly ventilated trailers. 

During these scorching summer months, most pigs die on route to the slaughterhouse suffering these horrific conditions. 

Tumour on Pig's Face

A pig suffering from massive tumour on face.

I've never seen anything like this. At first I couldn't believe my eyes. It took a second for me to realize what I was looking at. 

Pig Suffers Rectal Prolapse

A pig suffers rectal prolapse due to dehydration and overcrowding. 

Rectal prolapse is the exteriorization or the protrusion of one of more layers of the rectum through the anus. Rectal prolapse occurs in pigs when muscles and ligaments are overcome by straining pressure arising from overcrowding force, coughing, dehydration, diarrhea and constipation. 

When animals are forced and overcrowded onto transport trucks, there is an increase in abdominal pressure which combined with dehydration will cause rectal prolapse to occur.