| Mutant pigs bred to grow to an enormous size just to be slaughtered and eaten? No, I’m not talking about the plot of the hit Netflix movie Okja.
This is real life, and it’s happening right now on a Cambodian farm. Farmers are breeding genetically altered pigs to develop abnormally large muscles and then selling them and their sperm.
It all started back in 2015, when scientists used genetic engineering to create 32 double-muscled piglets. Most of the pigs died, and according to reports, only one was considered even marginally healthy. At that time, it was illegal everywhere to sell genetically modified animals for food, but from the looks of this farm, that’s apparently no longer the case.
The internet is freaking out over the disturbing video footage captured on the farm, which has sparked discussions about the many ways that animals suffer when they’re treated as nothing more than “food.”
One person commented, “what are you trying to show here? How much meat you can produce, or how badly these animals are treated? Whoever is looking after these should be locked up for EVER!”
But if the footage of these muscle pigs bothers you, it might shock you to learn that the way humans raise animals on typical factory farms isn’t really any better. The animals who were killed for your meat may not have been genetically engineered, but they were most definitely bred to grow too large too fast, and they suffered extreme abuse on factory farms so that the meat industry could make as much money from them as possible.
How You Can Help Pigs
The best way to help animals suffering in the food industry is to stop eating them. No animal, regardless of breeding, wants to die for someone’s dinner. If you want to stop contributing to a creepy industry that treats sensitive animals as food, try going vegan! With all the great vegan products and recipes out there, ditching dairy “products” and meat is easier than ever.