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Madeline, the pig

Story ID:5529
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:various Pennsylvania USA
Year:2009
Person:Nathan Runkle
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I received permission from Mercy of Animals to cross post their sad, sad
story of a pig. Some people may react with - duh? a pig story? Who cares?
But yes, there are many of us who do care because we see in each animal
the same God-given principle of life - which is much like our own. All animals
have basic needs and the need to be treated compassionately -which, as in the
case of this pig and millions and millions like her, are not met. Just how difficult
is it to be caring and humane?

Nathan Runkle, the author, grew up in farm country in southern Ohio. At an
early age he realized how badly the animals and particularly - the chickens were
being raised in his environs. It was not long before he became involved in making
this cruelty known. As more young people joined him, he would one day be able to
start Mercy for Animals. In his web site you will be able to find his story and the
story of a pig tragedy - one of millions and probably billions of the pigs raised in
horrible factory farms.

His account of Madeline, the pig:

"I want to share with you the story of a pig who was given only a number by
the pork industry-#653. But today, I want to give this pig a name-Madeline.

Madeline was born into a factory farm in Pennsylvania, condemned to life as
a breeding sow. An undercover investigator with Mercy for Animals came to know
Madeline during his time documenting cruelty at the pig breeding facility earlier
this year.

Madeline's misery started on her first day of life. The first sounds that Madeline
heard were those of pigs banging the sides of their heads against the metal stalls
that imprisoned them. The first smells that Madeline experienced were those of
feces and urine-not fresh air, grass, or straw.

When she reached six months of age, a worker pushed Madeline into a narrow
metal crate barely larger than her body. The gate slammed shut, remaining closed
for nearly the next four months.

Days tuned to nights, but Madeline could not see the sun or the moon. Madeline
couldn't even turn around. She couldn't walk, explore, socialize, or enjoy any of
life's simple pleasures.

Time and time again Madeline gave birth on the cold and filthy floor of her crate.
So intensively confined, Madeline could not nuzzle or comfort her babies. She
could not protect them from danger. Madeline watched helplessly as workers
grabbed her piglets by their legs and ears, dangled them upside down, then cut
off parts of their bodies. Madeline fought to protect them but the bars of her crate
were unforgiving.

Over time, Madeline's shoulders and face developed bloody sores. Eventually,
Madeline's body gave out when she developed a prolapsed uterus. Workers knew
of Madeline's condition, but said she wasn't worth treating. A worker took a can
of spray pain and marked Madeline's back with a "K" for "kill."

Once Madeline's last litter of piglets was snatched from her side, a worker kicked
Madeline out of her crate and led her down a narrow alley. He screamed and cursed
at Madeline during her final moments.

Madeline's life ended with the second shot of a captive bolt gun to her head.
She fell down and trashed about in a pool of her own blood.

The pork industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year to make
sure that Madeline will only remain a number. That she will not be given a
name. That her story will not be told. They spend hundreds of millions of dollars
convincing kindhearted people that pork comes from a grocery store-not the dirty
and deprived reality of Madeline's existence.

But Mercy for Animals is determined to share Madeline's story. We are determined
that consumers know the dark side to the other white meat. Our undercover
investigators give up everything to penetrate the wall of America's factory farms,
hatcheries, and slaughterhouses. They do the heart-breaking, stomach-turning
work that few of us could imagine. Because of these investigators, more and more
Americans are waking up to the power, and consequences, of their food choices.

MFA's work is truly breaking new ground --opening hearts and minds, capturing
headlines worldwide, sparking fierce discussion, legal action and corporate policy
changes, and inspiring a new generation of vegetarians."
...........................................................................................................................................

If you want to help MFA with this important work, please consider supporting them
with a monetary gift. By doing so you will be helping animals like Madeline - giving
them the strong, powerful, and unwavering voice they deserve. Please visit Mercy for
Animals on the Internet if you wish to do this.