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Chef thinks breeding & killing endangered animals is the only way to save them

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Have you ever seen an endangered species and thought “killing that animal is the only way I can protect it?”  Then you might have something in common with the hosts of Pigstock.

BlogTO shared the story of Toronto’s second annual Pigstock, and the backwards celebration of a heritage breed of Hungarian pigs called Mangalista. The fuzzy, nearly extinct animal has gained popularity in the chef scene, so naturally, they’re serving it up for dinner and claiming that’s what’s best for the future of this breed. Take a moment to strap in, because this is could be the most ridiculous quote you read today:

“In some ways, it was almost endangered. But the best way to save an endangered species like that is to cook it and eat it because then it’ll create demand for it.”

Yes, that’s Le Select Bistro’s chef Albert Ponzo, responsible for a couple events geared at introducing Torontonians to Mangalista charcuterie, claiming the only way to save an endangered species is to breed and kill it (ie: not save it at all). He’s not worried about the domestic pigs never gracing this good Earth, but is definitely concerned he won’t be able to profit off of hipster foodies if they die out before their popularity is realized. By his logic, we’d have no endangered species at all if we raised and killed the animals we’re trying to protect more often- and if we served them with a side of melba toast. He probably thinks zoos are helping animals, too.

Naturally, the comment thread lit up with responses from vegans and non-vegans alike, who find the whole thing outlandish. Where other common “stock” fests in the city like Woofstock make sure puppies remain stylish, Pigstock really has nothing to do with benefiting pigs. It’s a classic example of people acting in their own interest, and pretending it’s in the interest of someone else. This breed isn’t begging to be kept alive just so it can be the starring dish at an event for pork aficionados. Pretending it’s better to live and be killed than it is to not live at all is just a selfish, ignorant excuse to continue using animals.

What to save animals? Don’t kill them in the first place- go vegan.

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