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Radio National is conducting an experiment where listeners can (supposedly) influence the practice of rearing a pig named Wilbur 101. A poll was conducted to determine if Wilbur 101 should be castrated. The voters said ‘No’ but the farmers used their veto power and decided to castrate him anyway. The reason for this is explained in an article by Tammi Jonas.
I appreciate Tammi’s enthusiasm for transparency in farming and think that an experiment such as this one helps to bring the issues of animal agriculture to the attention of the public. I don’t really understand the point of having a poll though if it can be overridden when the results don’t match the desired outcome.
When reading the original article regarding the poll, I felt that there was a bias toward castration and very little information was provided about the process or possible alternatives. I will be curious to see what future decisions are presented or if the experiment is abandoned altogether.
Aarod chose not to castrate Kevin and Francis and I personally think this was a great decision... and no doubt they agree.
My own poll from 17 May is not working, so I have removed it from the blog. Apologies to those that voted but the results were not tallying. I was very interested to see the results, so feel free to post comments instead.