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This Sweet Rescue Pig Was Saved From Slaughter... Now She Loves to Paint!

After being rescued from a factory farm, one lucky pig is making headlines this week for her incredible artistic talents!

It all started earlier this year when Joanne Lefson rescued a lucky four-month-old pig from a cruel fate at a local factory farm.

Joanne quickly taught Pigcasso how to paint, and now she knows how to dip the brush in paint, apply it to the canvas, and even paint with long brush strokes! She “signs” her paintings by dipping her snout in paint and pressing it to the page.

Now, according to a local news source, “Pigcasso, a 450lb pig, is apparently rarely seen without a paintbrush in her mouth and spends the majority of her time at her easel in the fields of Cape Coast.”

This is certainly not the last time we’ll hear about this talented pig.

Joanne plans to host an exhibition of Pigcasso’s work sometime next year in an effort to raise awareness of the cruelty many pigs endure.

The vast majority of pigs are kept in filthy conditions, mutilated without painkillers, and subjected to a ruthless slaughter. They are denied nearly everything that comes naturally to them.

We can all take a stand for pigs and other animals who suffer at the hands of the meat industry by leaving them off our plates for good.

Click here for meal ideas, delicious vegan recipes, and tips on making the switch.

(Photos by  Joanne Lefson/Caters)

i am seriously SO down with the idea that mercy’s motives for having revived genji and reaper were not at all empathic ones. partly because im tired of the ableist notion that a person’s fundamental goodness is based entirely on their ability to feel empathy and partly because like…. i hate when fandoms make women characters Perfect and Emotional Cinnamon Rolls with No Character Depth in some sort of attempt to disguise their misogyny. mercy likes to play god? fantastic. mercy is on a desperate and unrelenting quest to immortalize herself? wonderful. heroes never die. for a price.

MERCY THOUGHTS AHOY…

There’s a lot of “shady Mercy” headcanons out there, but I think she’s just incredibly exhausted and burdened with so many ghosts that have risen from the choices she’s been forced to make. I think it wouldn’t be responsible from a storytelling standpoint to do a dramatic turn like that, so with that in mind I think if/when we get new info on her things could change.

But right now, Mercy is such a somber character from the get-go. Her dialogue lines are frequently about regret, wishing Overwatch would just stay dead, being tired, needing a break, and the like. Her interactions are frequently wellness check-ins. The information we received about Ana’s biotic rifle prior to her release added onto her “must violence always be the answer” type quips and her opposition of militaristic actions by Overwatch as written in her bio. She’s so tired, she’s so alarmed by technological advances that serve to harm under the guise of healing.

I think that very reason is why she’s so embattled with her choices. I was thinking about Zenyatta’s comments to Hanzo in-game, in which he recognizes “the same hatred” that he once saw in a younger Genji. In his biography, Genji is described as being saved by Dr. Ziegler, but then being given the opportunity by Overwatch, the institution, to rebuild his body. Considering Mercy’s field, I don’t personally think she had anything to do with his cyberization even ignoring her ideals at face value. This was a militaristic approach to destroying a threat to the public - a manipulative act that focused the hatred and vengeance of Genji towards a violent goal. It’s unclear whether Genji’s form would have been restored in some different way had he not elected to work for Overwatch, but the separation of Angela’s work from “the global security force” speaks for itself in terms of motivation. This leaves Angela having saved a life and allowing violence to beget violence. Harming under the guise of healing.

This also turns around to Reaper, who I’ve always wondered about in terms of his differences compared to Genji. Where Genji appears to be primarily cybernetic (whether from his injuries or from the cyberization afterwards), Reaper didn’t appear to get the same treatment. He blames Angela for his state, a fact that’s laid thick in the game, which is speculated to be a byproduct of failed genetic alteration. I think it’s quite possible that after failing to restore Genji’s body wholly, took Reyes into her own hands in an attempt to bring him back to the form he once was. An act of mercy became a nightmare for which she and then-Reaper paid the price, adding another weight on her shoulders.

It’s interesting that Mercy primarily focuses on physical ailments - in some of her casual dialogue with Genji he acknowledges that he is whole when she remarks on his health. Her interactions with Ana are also telling, considering the two seem to have a bit of a disconnect with each other. While Ana is a realist in times of war and using Mercy’s biotic technology, Mercy does not accept this. And, while Mercy suggests procedures to repair Ana’s eye (a feat that would be pretty incredible considering she was shot by a sniper rifle), Ana refuses as she considers it a part of who she is. This to me signals that - throughout her life - Mercy’s primary coping mechanism is through healing on the surface. Mending wounds and trying to dig inside of the body through genetics to search for scientific fact and create optimal solutions… But perhaps losing sight of mental and emotional consequences. In a way she is the hero most passionate about human vitality, but lacks understanding and empathy for others - in her early missteps with Genji to the struggles in communication with Torbjorn and Ana, and of course her taking Reaper’s life into her own hands to attempt to save him. This is something that is a really nice contrast with a character like Zenyatta, whose focus is entirely on spiritual healing and who had the greatest impact on Genji through his mentorship. Mercy’s life lead to her contending with her belief in non-violence and working for a military organization, and ultimately she has to grapple with the fact that she is merely human.