The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 25, 2013

Naming pig after bacon insensitive

---- — Robb Murray is clearly a kind person, who surely understands that compassion is limitless and will hopefully come to agree that one kind action doesn’t entitle someone to behave callously (“Murray: I've had it with PETA,” July 14).

Why should the veterinarian who adopted a lame pig only to name him “Chris P. Bacon” be excused for his insensitive behavior? If someone saved another person from a car accident, it wouldn’t make it all right for them to call that person by a racial epithet.

Doing a good deed doesn’t earn one a free pass to be cruel or inconsiderate. We should all expect people to exhibit basic common decency. Choosing not to harm an animal doesn’t make you a savior any more than choosing not to beat a child makes you a hero.

The veterinarian who chose to care for the disabled pig obviously realizes that pigs are smart, social beings who feel pain, sadness, joy, and love just as people do. Surely he can extend his compassion a bit further by acknowledging that his new companion is a sentient being, not a slab of meat. Doing so will set an example for others to view animals as individuals, not objects.

Heather Moore

PETA Foundation

Norfolk, Va.