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Factory Farm Nativity Scene for Veggies Christmas
A controversial new Christmas card from the campaigning vegetarian
organisation, Viva!, shows the Virgin Mary confined behind
bars in a barren pig farrowing crate, unable to reach baby
Jesus to comfort him. Based on the theme of if Jesus
was born today, the card highlights the ruthlessness
and inhumanity of modern intensive farming and shows how things
might be if there was a second coming.
The disturbing image is based on the fact that farrowing
crates are used for more than 70 per cent of all UK breeding
pigs about to give birth. Sows are confined for an entire
month every time they produce piglets - usually two-and-a-half
times a year. The crates are so restrictive that the sows
are unable to walk or even to turn around. Unable to fulfill
their powerful maternal instincts, they suffer from acute
stress and many show signs of going mad.
The card is designed to raise support for Viva!s campaign
to ban the farrowing crate as a first step to outlawing all
factory farming. It is one of the less publicised horrors
of modern intensive farming. Like the chicken battery cage,
the packed windowless barns in which turkeys are bred for
Christmas and the barbarity of production line slaughterhouses,
it shows that animals are treated worse today than they were
in Jesus time.
Viva! campaigner Alistair Currie says: "If Jesus was
born amongst todays farmed animals, these are the conditions
He would endure. But lets face it, the only thing holy
on factory farms is profit. This strong image isnt meant
to offend people, simply to help them face reality. Christmas
should be a time for compassion and concern for the weak.
We dont believe that Jesus would support the cruel exploitation
of animals in farming today."
For further information contact Alistair Currie on 0117 944
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