Lo Hung-hsein transformed a once-lucrative pig farm which had been in his family for generations into a sanctuary for pigs. While holding a piglet who was about to be butchered and looking into her eyes, Lo suddenly saw a living, feeling being wanting desperately to live. In a recent article in the Taipei Times, Lo recalls, "[The piglet] looked me right in the eyes... as if saying: ‘How could you do this to me?’... It was then that I resolved to convert to vegetarianism and cut off cooperation with any butcheries.”
Lo now dedicates his life to sowing seeds of compassion. Even though he has to work multiple jobs to keep his pig friends well-fed and happy, he still makes time to volunteer at local schools and give free speeches in his community. Lo starts each morning at 4am driving to area vegetarian restaurants collecting leftovers for his pig companions. On the side of his truck he’s painted “Animals are our friends, not our food.”
Lo Hung-hsein found that his values of justice and compassion were more important than profit and long-held traditions. He says that despite all the criticism he received for his decision to stand up for animals rather than profit from and harm them, he will continue to live his values -- even if it leaves him penniless.
Each of us can adopt new traditions of compassion.
Be true to yourself and kind to the animals.
This story was reported in the Taipei Times.