Following a BBC article on thirsty pigs, (May 4, 2017: Woman who helps thirsty pigs evades jail http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39799514), Goose and Hawk reflect on compassion, life and death, private property, and common sense.

Goose: hello Hawk, what’s new in the Domain today?

Hawk: it’s raining, everybody is seeking shelter and hunting isn’t easy, but your call is a ray of sunshine.

Goose: what a flatterer you are! Instead, listen to this story from Canada.

Hawk: our neighbors to the north! What did they do that caught your attention?

Goose: they didn’t condemn a woman who had given some water to  some thirsty pigs!

Hawk: well, they seem to have common sense, these Canadians, but the very idea of ​​thinking about condemning it seems surreal, right?

Goose: unless I explain the details: this woman is an activist who wants to draw attention to the inhuman conditions in which pigs live, especially when they are taken to the slaughterhouse in trucks where it’s very hot. She took advantage of a moment when one of these trucks was stopped to go and give the animals a drink.

Hawk: it reminds me of your story of cats and dogs in Taiwan, but what makes me smile and forget the rain here is that you talk about inhumane conditions when referring to pigs.

Goose: Hawk, you’re teasing me, but you know what I mean. She wanted to help these animals, but the truck driver did not like it and called the police.

Hawk: but why was she in trouble? She was just giving them a drink, wasn’t she?

Goose: pigs are considered a private property in Canada. By giving them a drink, she was taking care of something that didn’t belong to her, and, according to the plaintiff, prevented him from enjoying it as he pleased.

Hawk: I wonder if Canadians have good sense, after all! Fortunately for them, they acquitted her. What do the pigs say?

Goose: they’ve been dead for a while, Hawk. Are you sure you hear me? They were going to the slaughterhouse.

Hawk: I was joking, don’t get mad at me! I still wonder how humans will reconcile the fact they must feed themselves with the fact it’s impossible to do it without destroying other lives.

Goose: some advocate a vegetarian diet and compassion.

Hawk: for compassion, it seems to be a given, but don’t they know that plants feel and communicate with each other like all the rest of the living?

Goose: they have less empathy for them, and I understand them.

Hawk: Goose, you make me laugh. You’re like me with mice! They are my meal above all, I cannot care about them.

Goose: do you mean that protecting pigs makes no sense because the living feeds on the living, whatever one can do?

Hawk: yes, to treat the living correctly seems the sensible thing to do, but as life demands death to endure, wanting to preserve it at all costs is a mistake and a hyprocrisy. When, moreover, the only hope for domestic animals is to become pets to live better, I think they have become like humans and have lost sense of realities.

Goose: which ultimately explains all these stories we comment these days, don’t you think? Humans live in a virtual world that doesn’t look like our own, even though we seem to share the same place.

Hawk: and when, in this world, one is bothered for having given a drink to an animal, it seems common sense no longer reigns there, we have said it for a while now.

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