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At the beginning of June, I wrote about how a rescued piglet and a seal gutting put the spotlight on animal treatment in Canada:
TORONTO — This is a story about a piglet, a gutted seal and a shelter for animals. They each made news last week and together revealed the ambiguities in the debate about the treatment of animals.
It began with the Monday morning rush hour in Toronto. Computer engineer Brian Bowes was driving to work on Highway 401, the city’s busiest, when he spotted a piglet “shivering like crazy” on the side of the road. He pulled over and picked it up.
Fears of swine flu weren’t going to deter Bowes. He was moved by what he described as a more powerful force: “I’m a regular animal lover.”
The piglet was two or three months old. It weighed about 10 pounds and had a broken leg. Bowes, 31, placed it on the back seat of his car and drove it to the Toronto Humane Society, a well-established and independent animal shelter. The media, always ready with a label, dubbed Bowes a good samaritan.
Officials at the humane society speculated that the piglet must have slipped through the breathing slats of a truck transporting livestock to a “factory pig farm,” where it would have been fattened for slaughter. The piglet, society officials made clear, saved itself from a gruesome end.
It will undergo surgery and, once healed, will either go to a hobby farm or petting zoo. To the media, it was fodder for cliches: “Great escape means she won’t be the B in your BLT,” said one newspaper. “This little piggy didn’t make it to market,” said another.
The humane society named it Wiggles. ...
For the rest about how in the Inuit community of Rankin Inlet, Jean attended a festival and was presented with the carcass of a seal, click here.