Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lets Take a Lesson from Charlottes Web

Charlotte's Web is an award-winning children's novel and movie by acclaimed American author E. B. White, about a pig named Wilbur who is saved from beingslaughtered by an intelligent spider named Charlotte. 
The novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as "Some Pig") in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live.
When the old sheep in the barn cellar tells Wilbur that he is going to be killed and eaten at Christmas, he turns to Charlotte for help. Thanks to Charlotte's efforts, and with the assistance of the gluttonous rat Templeton, Wilbur not only lives, but goes to the county fair with Charlotte and wins a prize.

Charlotte, a tiny barn spider, saved the life of a pig who would otherwise have become someones Christmas pork. This heartwarming tale really moved me and got me thinking, why cant WE be more like Charlotte? Why cant WE stand up for the millions of animals being killed every year, why cant WE help save their miserable short lives and instead turn them into prize-winners with full and happy lives?

Pigs are intelligent, inquisitive, funny, happy and humble creatures, just like Wilbur. But we don't WANT to see that do we? Does it comfort us to put it out of out minds while we eat that pork chop? The reality is that pigs do not deserve to be eaten, they deserve to live full and fulfilling lives with their families and friends.

It may seem idealistic, but why not? The easiest way to do this is to stop eating them, spread the word about how amazing these creatures are and how their lives are being WASTED.

Why can't we be like Charlotte?

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