Hollywood actor James Cromwell calls on Irish government to send live pigs to China
Hollywood actor James Cromwell is against the Irish government sending live pigs to China.
The “Babe” star and PETA supporter sent a letter to Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue, calling on the government to reject plans to send pigs from Ireland to China, where they will be used as machinery. breeding.
It comes after a protest took place outside Leinster House last month to oppose the “absurd and cruel” government that sent live pigs to China.
He said: âI had the great privilege and pleasure to learn more about pigs when I played in the movie Babe. They are fascinating animals with a remarkable capacity for love and joy, as well as heartache.
âSo I was shocked to hear that you are planning to export these wonderful animals from Ireland to China, where they will be used as breeding machinery.
“And I urge you, on behalf of all the good people around the world, to reconsider.”
Cromwell notes that once the animals leave Ireland, all legal protections given to them would be dropped, as there are no laws protecting animals on farms in China.
The StarTrek and Green Mile star has been a vegetarian since the 1970s and a vegan since starring in the movie Babe.
“Treating pigs like cargo – and forcing them to endure a long journey in cramped cages while exposing them to excessive noise and changes in air pressure – is both unnecessary and cruel, and would cause immense stress. to these sensitive animals, “he continued.
âWhatever protections they might have in Ireland, they fly completely out the window when they get to China, where there are no laws to protect animals on farms.
âPigs deserve better than this. These animals, like so many others, are already suffering greatly from humans’ absurd dependence on their flesh – the least we can do is save them from the unnecessary trauma of a arduous journey abroad.
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