Regarding the activists sue over sows article. How stupid can you be? Perhaps the activists would rather have the public watch sows farrow and then squash their piglets when they flop down or roll over to let the piglets, which are already scrambling around under her to nurse.
Have any of these “geniuses” ever been around a sow that is farrowing in the open? A sow is not a “happy camper” when anyone touches a piglet and that piglet squeals; in fact, that sow would gladly rip the individual to shreds. Those farrowing crates or pens are designed so that the sow can farrow safely, allows the piglets to scramble out of the way, even into the open area, as mother pig drops down to floor or ground, allows safety for a veterinarian or anyone else to work on the sow if she has a problem farrowing, as well as allowing safety for the veterinarian or anyone to work on a piglet with a problem.
Veterinarians, livestock owners and workers, for their own safety and for the safety of the animal, must use restraining systems that to the “outsider” may seem cruel, but not using safety restraints can cause more injury to the animal and to the individual working on or around the animal.
For non-farm families to see real live animals up close, even at a fair which is an artificial farm experience, can be a great learning experience. The cute animals in the story books are not the same characters as the real farm animals. We have had pet pigs, goats, sheep and cattle and the non-pet ones. I suggest that all those lawyers take job on a livestock ranch and work steadily for at least six months and then discuss animal cruelty.