It's strange, but I don't see anything crual about it.
They are sadated before the tattooing is done, they have a/c. Which is more then the villagers have. They aren't being sent off to the slaughter house. He even grows his own food for them to eat. Then he finds them foster parents to help with the cost.
Of couse what comes next is a little morbide of selling off their skin, but in this day an age it's not all that strange.
I maen my brother in law just had two deer heads stuffed and has them mounted in his house.
One of my uncles shot and killed a bear and had its hide nailed up on the wall behind the couch.
Any of you have a tattoo? I have one on my leg. It didn't just hrut when I got it but it was sore for about a week afterwards! And that is only a little bear! I can't imagine having my ENTIRE body tattooed how sore that must be! That pig didn't ask for that pain.
Do you eat pork? Fish? Meat of anykind? I wouldn't be surprised if you said you didn't. Nor would I fault you. But what he is doing is far less cruel than what is done to alot of animals in the world which are used for food.
These animals are pampered and live a better life than most PEOPLE in China. I don't see you bringing up the standards of living for a chinese citizen. I know this is an animal forum and it's about pets and such but the fact of the matter is there are far more injustices done to PEOPLE all over the world that are more important. Some guy tattooing a pig then pampering the thing for the rest of it's natural life is not cruelty.
By the way I am inked, and trust me when I say it's more than a teddy bear. THE MOST painful part of getting a tattoo is the actuall process of it. Not the healing afterward. While it does hurt. It's no more painful than a sunburn for about a week. Proper care makes it almost unnoticable. I only hope the pigs aren't getting gang tattoo's that would be cruel.
What I find cruel in this world is when people over look mass genocide in Africa, Starvation, aids infected regions of Africa. Horrible regimes and "Gov't" Treating citizens like cattle. Instead of railing against these things happening to people, we worry about some pigs getting tattoo'd WHILE sedated, then living a better life than some people in this very country. That is cruel.
Ash just because I care about an animal's welfare DOESN'T mean I don't care about "starving chilren in Africa" and whatever else you mentioned. And what does that haev to do with the topic at hand? This is an animal discussion board, so I'm here to talk about animals, not children.... but whatever.
The tattoo's are across the pigs entire body... that's alot of "sunburn" pain. but hey if you say it's not abuse whatever.
If it were dogs and cats, you'd be in an outrage I'm sure.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 8/4/2005 7:49:38 PM*** Reason: add
I don't eat dog's and cat's either. Face facts Pigs have been and always will be food. Not to mention a supply of Pig skin. I brought up the other issues because frankly I see this pig tattooing to be a non-issue compared to other issues. You choose to see it as cruel. I do not. Do you think veal farms are cruel? How about BBQ'd dog served in vietnam? How about the fur trade? Whale hunting? Slaughter of dolphins? In my mind these things are far more cruel than a phat tatt. And some I don't consider cruel. Put it in perspective in your mind. Tattooing a pig is far down my list, if even on my list of cruel things.
And who knows the mind of a pig. Maybe it's a growing fad in the pig world to have a full back piece. If not it will be soon amoungst these cutting edge pigs in china. The only evil thing I see here is that they are doing this to underage pigs. What will these pigs tell thier kids when they are 8 years old and thier Harley tattoo is now sagging?
Quote what you will. Again, we are supposed to respect animals. They are not just here for our use. If someone put your dog under and tattooed his entire body I'm sure you'd be a little pissed off. Why is one animal more valuable than the other?
And why is everyone always so offended with religion. It is not going to kill you.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 8/4/2005 8:20:24 PM*** Reason: i can
If you find tattoing pigs cruel, you must find neutering/spaying, cropping ears, removal of dewclaws, and docking of tails cruel. In my mind those things seem more cruel than giving a pig a tatoo. Not trying to start an argument, but that's my opinion and you have yours.
***Edited By: finalsphere on 8/5/2005 1:39:15 AM*** Reason: =)