Animal lovers kick up a stink over bacon festival

2015-07-23 16:17

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Animal rights activists are slamming “indulgent gluttons” planning to “pig out” at a bacon festival in Cape Town this weekend. 

Baconfest Cape Town will be hosted this coming Saturday at the trendy La Bottega Restaurant in Woodstock.

Tickets to the event – where patrons can “pig out to their hearts content” – are sold out. 

Bacon has become the chosen snack of hipsters across the country, and festivals and restaurants charge top dollar for the increasing number of trendy sliced pork dishes at hip locations. 

But animal lovers have had enough. They believe that pigs are “intelligent and fun-loving” and do not deserve to end up on hipster plates. 

Toni Brockhoven, national chairperson of Beauty Without Cruelty, said: “Of course the eating of any animal is appalling, but singling out one hapless species to indulge in a day of gorging on intelligent, loving, fun-seeking beings requires taking a stand. 

“Pigs are curious and insightful animals who have intelligence beyond that of an average 3-year-old human child. 

“They are smarter than dogs and every bit as friendly, loyal, and affectionate.” 

Brockhoven says that all farm animals suffer, but pigs in particular are treated with disdain and as a means to an end.

Items on Baconfest’s menu include: pork and bacon frikkadels, mini pork and bacon pizza, mealies wrapped in bacon on a stick, candied bacon, pigs in a bacon blanket, bacon popcorn and crackling.

“To have an event that ultimately promotes ever more suffering and reduces these kind, loving and intelligent animals, who sing to their young, to ‘yum bacon’ is to deny their very existence and [to] glorify the thoughtless gluttony of the self-indulgent,” says Brockhoven

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