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“There is: bacon ice cream; bacon-infused vodka; deep-fried bacon; chocolate-dipped bacon; bacon-wrapped hot dogs filled with cheese; brioche bread pudding smothered in bacon sauce; hard-boiled eggs coated in mayonnaise encased in bacon — called, appropriately, the ‘heart attack snack’; bacon salt; bacon doughnuts, cupcakes and cookies; bacon mints; ‘baconnaise’, which Jon Stewart described as ‘for people who want to get heart disease but are too lazy to actually make bacon’; Wendy’s ‘Baconnator’ — six strips of bacon mounded atop a half-pound cheeseburger — which sold 25 million in its first eight weeks; and the outlandish ‘bacon explosion’ — a barbecued meat brick composed of 2 pounds of bacon wrapped around 2 pounds of sausage.”

— Arun Gupta, The Indypendent

“How can you not eat bacon?” They wonder.

“You have to admit that it smells good, even if you won’t eat it right?”

No… I’m afraid your burning pig flesh does not smell good to me. In fact it makes me sad and sick.

From the full roast pig sitting on a picnic table in Maine, with his skin broiled and mouth agape, to the large dead boar lying in the back of a truck in Hawaii, his killer “squealing” and grinning at me as they pass.

… it all makes me sad.

I think this is part of the reason I wanted to scratch a pig’s belly. Eating their bodies had become such a joke, and I wasn’t laughing. I wanted to respect and care for them just for being, to know what they sounded like when they were alive and capable of being happy, as opposed to dead and packaged as “happy.” I suppose now that I think of it though, I never needed to befriend a pig to care.

All it took was stopping long enough to ask myself if it was right. Was it right to use them like “products,” to laugh when someone offered me “bacon mints” or stuck a plate of baby back ribs in my face? Just say it slowly enough: baby—back—ribs. It is not even hidden behind industry jargon like “pork” or “sausage” is.

There are many more things left to do on my bucket list. But most of all, I want to see a world where there is liberation for all: From slavery, oppression, murder, war, violence and hunger. A world where there is liberation for all regardless of ethnicity, gender or species. I know it’s a tall order, but one life choice, one belly rub at a time… I’m checking things off my list.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


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10:39AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

Loved this article. Thanks so much.

12:43AM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

Vegetarian is the way to go, or even better vegan.

1:59PM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Thanks for this article .I never eat meat,cannot bear to think of all the pain and fear the animals feel before slaughter.

1:43PM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Want to give up eating any animal?

Recite Ho'oponopono -The Hawaiian spiritual path
Karmic cleansing ,to make things right):

I'm Sorry
Please Forgive Me
I Love You
Thank You

1:51PM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

i gave up pork almost 7 years ago. Pigs are so cute!

8:01AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

thanks for sharing

12:21PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013


5:32AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

am a vegetarian all my life.. 55 years.. so i can say this.. please go vegetarian.. let no sentient being die in pain at the slaughterhouse..

"if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian" - Paul McCartney

“Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn't motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn't enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Thank you.

10:48PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

After having to help someone go catch pigs to get them back in their pen, I found pigs to be terribly stubborn, ornery. I do enjoy ribs, ham, occasionally bacon.

4:59PM PDT on Jul 17, 2013


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