Many faiths, particularly Catholicism, honor St. Francis by annually holding a “blessing of the animals” day, in which followers are reminded that as all creatures were created by God, there is a duty to honor and protect His creation. The Catholic Catechisms in particular call upon the faithful to treat all of creation with respect and not cause undue harm to any creature.
However St. Patrick’s Church in Stepehnsville, Wisconsin hosts an annual event in which pigs are punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, jumped on, yelled at and thrown into a bucket, all for the amusement of the parishioners who call St. Patrick’s home.
Time and time again it has been demonstrated that pigs have the same intelligence, if not higher, than a three year old child. They can experience the same level of fear and anxiety as a three year old, and can carry the scars of a traumatic experience with them for the rest of their lives. We would never condone doing this to a three year old human, in fact we would rightly consider it barbaric. Why then should we condone such abuse on another sentient being?
Whether you are vegan or carnivore, there is no justification to harming animals for pure entertainment. It sends the wrong message to our children, especially when studies show that promoting cruelty to animals inevitably leads to cruelty against humans as well.
People often ask themselves: “What would Jesus do?” Certainly Jesus would not condone this. His message of mercy and compassion is certainly missing at St. Patrick’s. Far from “good fun” this is evil at its worst.