Pigs raised at Farsley Farfield Primary school in Leeds, West Yorkshire, will be slaughtered this summer in an effort to teach students about the food chain. Though the kids have known that the pigs are not pets, and that they would eventually be killed, there are many people upset over what will be happening.
As reported by Metro U.K., the plan to kill the pigs was hatched by Peter Harris – a vegetarian teacher at the school. Harris explained his thought process to the news agency:
“I think that we are raising awareness of the meat industry, and some of the issues around animal welfare and sustainability. I don’t think that we are desensitising the children, I suggest that our children will be more knowledgeable and sensitive to animal welfare than most of their peers.”
The pigs have enjoyed a better life than the majority of livestock pigs held at factory farms – and they have been granted a longer life than a commercially harvested pig – but is that good enough?
Is Harris’ lesson humane? Do you believe that this will help, or hurt, his cause? Should kids be taught where their food comes from? Please feel free to leave a comment expressing your thoughts and opinions.
(Image of pigs via Pixabay)
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