About pigs, horses and winter stew

Don’t worry, no horses nor pigs ended up in the stew. A couple of weeks ago we went to the screening of the documentaryΒ The Last Pig. The screening was organised by Uitgezonderd (who also organises a vegan people’s kitchen in Bruges every month) and was held at the edge of the city, in Koersepeerd (“koersepeerd” is Flemish dialect for racehorse). Hence my opening πŸ˜‰
There was also a people’s kitchen that evening, before the screening of the documentary. All you can eatΒ Winter stew with seitan, potatoesΒ  and salad. Delicious, and a huge portion!

Winter stew with seitan, brussels sprouts, lettuce and poptatoes, Uitgezonderd, Bruges
Screening The Last Pig, Uitgezonderd @Koersepeerd

The Last PigΒ is the story of pig farmer Bob Comis in the United States.Β His story reminded me of that of Gustaf SΓΆderfeldt, the Swedish farmer who switched to veganic farmingΒ a couple of years ago.Β  In similar vein, Bob is having trouble with his conscience. The documentary follows him during his last year as a pig farmer, until the last pigs leave the premises. Throughout the the docu, Bob talks – in a very serene and calm manner – about his company, life (and death) of the pigs and how he reached the decision to stop breeding pigs and switch to growing vegetables.

Bob zit neer in het bos, met naast hem een varken die komt ruiken aan zijn hand. Opschrift: "I no longer want to have antything to do with death. I want to embrace life, not death"
Bob Comis, photo from Facebook page The Last Pig

The life of the pigs is beautifully portrayed.Β Intelligent, social and also very curious animals, who like to explore their surroundings. Bob’s pig farm is no typical industrial farm, with thousands of pigs packed together.Β  In contrast to millions of other pigs worldwide who never see the light of day, can hardly turn around and cannot take a mud bath, these pigs can run outside, dig the ground with their snout and run around in fields and forests. It looks like an idyllic setting, although it also abruptly ends in the slaughterhouse. These images are also not shunned (although the killing itself is not portrayed).

This is the trailer of The Last Pig:

After the screening we discussed the docu. About the life of pigs, the possible impact of this documentary on non-vegans and the structural framework necessary to help farmers switch to veganic farming.
It was also nice to meet some people I had previously only ‘known’ from Facebook!

Entrance fee was a free contribution (target priceΒ  5 euro). A bargain to enjoy both a delicious meal, and see an interesting documentary.
An interesting evening, with good food.Β  Worth repeating!

LINKS

The Last Pig:Β http://www.thelastpig.com/

Uitgezonderd:Β Β https://www.facebook.com/uitgezonderd/

Koersepeerd:Β https://www.facebook.com/koersepeerd/

Eerder gepubliceerd op mijn andere blog Graswortels: Over varkens, koersepeerden en hutsepot.

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