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Last Updated: Thursday September 13 2007 12:21 GMT

Kids raise pigs to eat for dinner

The pigs have been looked after by the pupils

Some school kids are getting a tough lesson in where their food comes from, by rearing their own pigs for bacon.

Princes William and Harry's dad, Prince Charles, says too many of you don't know where your food comes from and should know more about the countryside.

But one group of pupils in Hampshire have been raising 10 little pigs of their own - not as pets, but for meat.

Six of the pigs were sent off to be made into bacon, sausages and chops, but that was all part of the lesson.

It might sound harsh but teachers reckon the pig project will help the kids' understanding of the environment, healthy eating and even animal welfare.

Ryan found it hard to watch the pig he'd looked after made into meat
Ryan said he'd found it hard to watch the pig he'd looked after made into meat
Science teacher Kit Rogers said: "The whole idea is that it's important for us to eat food that has low food miles and for them to appreciate the animal welfare issues as well."

But what did the kids think?

Ryan said seeing the pigs being made into meat had been very graphic: "I found it really hard because it was one of the pigs that I'd looked after and fed and it was really difficult for me."

Abi said she was a bit sad about the pigs' dying, but it wasn't too bad because she'd always known it was going to happen.

Her friend added: "The butchering was quite difficult but when we knew that they've been kept like this and they've been very happy it's easier to understand."

But what do you think about the scheme - a bit hard to swallow? Or do you reckon there's just no point in being squeamish about sausages? Use the form on the right hand side of the page to let us know.

Your Comments

"I am very squeamish and vegetarian, and I think killing animals for us to eat is cruel."

Alex, 9, Exeter, England

"I think that killing animals for meat is utterly terrible. I think they should only kill animals for meat if the animals are unhappy. Happy animals should not be killed for meat!"

Greg, 11, Burgess Hill, England

"I'm a vegetarian and so are some of my friends. We can't stand it when people tease us about it by saying 'oink, oink' then playing dead. I don't want little pigs coming to our school - I already know where meat comes from."

Ella, 9, London, England

"Although trying to put children off their meat may be a good idea in some people's eyes, I feel that it is important for children to have a healthy and balanced diet of fish, meat and vegetable products. Although I do respect that some people choose not to eat meat, I feel it isn't the most sensible diet for a growing child."

Eleanor, 12, Cheltenham, England

"I'm a vegetarian and so are some of my friends. We can't stand it when people tease us about it by saying 'oink, oink' then playing dead. I don't want little pigs coming to our school. I already know where meat comes from."

Ella, 9, London, England

"I think that killing animals for meat is utterly terrible. I think they should only kill animals for meat if the animals are unhappy. Happy animals should not be killed for meat!!!"

Greg, 11, Burgess Hill, England

"I am very squeamish, and vegetarian, and I think killing animals for us is cruel."

Alex, 9, Exeter, England

"After I watched the Newsround report about where our food like sausages, pork and other types of meat came from I decided I was going to start eating more vegetarian meals even though I'm not vegetarian."

Naomi, 8, Nottingham, England

"I think that it is sad that animals die but it's part of the life circle. So really they are meant to die, but it is still sad."

Elen, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"I think everyone should stop eating pigs! Why should they die?"

Maddy, 11, Martock, England

"I think it's disgusting to eat little piglets. I have been a vegetarian for quite a long time now and I am proud that I have become one. I hope others become one too."

Ellie, 12, Fareham, England

"I don't mind animals being killed for meat - it's natural. It can't be stopped because there wouldn't be anything to eat then."

Caitlin, 9, Wrexham, Wales

"Our teeth were all made to eat meat, and our cavemen ancestors went out and hunted their food. Also, the livestock that farmers grow are only alive because we use them for meat - half of them would probably have never been born if we didn't farm them."

Johanna, 13, Kendal, England

"I love eating meat and seeing that story will not put me off. It's nature so why should it? I think people who are squeamish about that shouldn't be because that's where meat comes from. I am glad they were shown what happens to the animal!"

Rebecca, 13, Barking, UK

"Thinking about it now I'd say it was stupid to be squeamish, but if I was there I'd probably think it was horrid. But it's still not enough to put me onto being a vegetarian!"

Evie, 11, Dawlish, England

"I'm a vegetarian and I made one of my best friends one too. I am glad they are doing this at school because the more people who become vegetarian the more animals we will save!"

Laura, 12, Rochdale, England



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