Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Last Pig - a haunting preview repost

Be warned, this film might cause a bit of discomfort. It might challenge your belief system. It may also cause controversy. If so, then it has succeeded.

In the film, The Last Pig, we are introduced to and tag along with a farmer who has had a change of heart. Bob Comis says, "I've taken two thousand pigs to the slaughter house. I've become haunted by the ghosts of those pigs."

When Bob, a farmer and a writer, wrote Happy Pigs Make Happy Meat, his story caught the attention of, among others, an award winning filmmaker, Allison Argo. She recognized in this story the  potential to deliver a powerful message.

We are given a vantage point offering insight into the life of someone who cares very much about the well-being of their animals and how difficult it is to rationalize decisions of who lives and dies or to consider animal lives as less valuable or worthy simply because they are deemed feeder meat. This story deserves a wider audience.

Seeing Bob's life up close and personal and following the interactions he has with his pigs, the bonds they develop, we can understand and empathize with him how hard it is to reconcile his position, knowing the manner in which those relationships are destined to end. 



A gutwrencher.


Clearly this farmer struggled for quite some time before ultimately choosing to step away. Watching that process unfold is powerful and, at least for the filmmaker, life changing. Allison became a vegan after working on this film with the pigs and Bob.

Food for thought. Choices. We have them. Farm animals don't.

A quick note. My stepfather was a farmer and we had pigs on our farm. I raised market barrows as 4-H projects and tried to save the runts when the odds were against them. A tiny runt named Flower went to school with us. He was such a fighter. I cried when he didn't make it.

Our pigs had names and personalities. I hung pig posters that celebrated their intelligence and yet ... there could be only one result. I was learning about farming and pigs are farm animals.

The most difficult moment came when I sold my first market barrow. We went to the 4-H fair together. Pigs don't come home. They are sold at the end of the fair auction. I got a check for my pig and a pit in my stomach. And I blocked it. It was part of the lifestyle, a thing we were supposed to accept. One had to have a strong disconnect. I didn't have it that first time.

Thoughtful and thought provoking, this film is now in post production and raising funds on Indiegogo. Find out more there and follow the progress. Release date is not yet set but completion is  expected in early 2016.

More insight and background on Bob, the pig farmer who quit - in his story about Esther the Wonder Pig.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Trick or treat ...

Buzzfeed posted 34 pics of Animals in their Halloween garb ...


Sophie is one of the most popular Cat stars on the Internet with a huge fan club: Over 34million followers. This pic also happens to be a stand out. Star power unquestioned!


The Caption: "You cook Lobster how?"



Follow Sophie the Cat on Instagram


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

PetSense - Jessica the Hippo

She is one of the most unusual animal housemates one can imagine but she is exactly that.

It's been a while since I checked in on Jessica the Hippo. I remember she slept on the bed at one point - it broke. Now it would seem she is beyond bed sharing and is content to sleep on the porch. And she is an internet darling.

Here is one of the most recent interviews with Jessica's caretakers. At 13, she's a little princess in her kingdom.



Here are other links for Jessica and family -

Home page

Facebook

Twitter 

This is the link to the video I first saw a few years ago.

The endearing Jessica in 2007

Part One in a series on Jessica 2010. In depth.  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Life is Good for Kama -- Pig Surfer

There are some stories that bring a smile even before you see the picture ... Just the thought of a pig surfing lightens the mood. Here's Kama -- GoPro viral star.




What's up with Kama now?

Apparently, a movie.

Unfortunately, we aren't in Hawaii. So, for now, it's Instagram and Facebook. And that's not so bad. Kama brings joy to the world simply by being a pig who likes to surf. 

Kama Instagram link.
Connect on Facebook - FBKama link.

Kama in the News -- his story and how he found fame.
Daily Mail
CBS News

There are other pigs who like the water -- these guys aren't surfers that we know of but you can swim with them. Here's the background and more info if you are up for a swimming pig adventure. Destination Bahamas.
"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."
~ Samuel Butler