We arrived at St. Helen’s and Ryder Regency at 6:30am and found the slaughterhouse already in full production. Trucks were already unloading and one was waiting on the street. It was still dark and difficult to take photos. And did I mention that it was cold? It was another -31 degree day with the windchill. Horrific conditions to transport animals in - especially when they sit waiting on the street for long periods.
We stayed until 9am and saw another couple of trucks arrive and unload while it was light. A number of the employees spoke to us this morning, it seems that some might need to relieve themselves of some serious weight off their soul, so it made the morning extremely productive.
All throughout the vigil, Anita voiced concerns about the pigs further south. So, after leaving The Cow Save Vigil we headed down to QMP. What we faced there was yet another huge backlog at the slaughterhouse with trucks lined up on Wellington again. It was freezing and those poor pigs were sitting out there for ages. And a backlog means that unloading is especially brutal with workers using paddles and electric prods constantly. This backlog must be a common occurrence during the cold weather because unloading slows production down.
The police were called and we had a very long conversation with them. They were very receptive and we were not asked to leave. They certainly learned a lesson in animal cruelty today that is going to make them think for a long time.
I watched a man walk down Wellington, while the truck was parked, and he didn’t even look at the truck at all. He was less than six feet away and yet he didn’t even acknowledge this huge truck filled with pigs. He just walked right by with his eyes looking straight ahead. How can a truck that size, with vocalizing pigs aboard, be treated as if it is invisible? I hope he hears the screaming the next time he sits down for that pork chop or rasher of bacon.
They were NOT invisible. They were NOT a meal. They DID exist. They WERE someone.
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