In Honor of the Pig: Why Bacon Isn’t a Hate Crime

The domestic pig is one of the most widely used animals in the world, and largely misunderstood.

The pig’s biological contributions to humankind are numerous, resulting in remarkable life-saving pharmaceutical and medical discoveries and products, as well as innumerable contributions to food production, dentifrices, cosmetics, and industrial products.

Glycerin, and gelatin, a derivative of glycerin, when discovered in pig fat became widely used worldwide. In fact, The Daily Mail identified 185 uses of pig parts, including beer and tambourines.

Screenshot of Daily Mail graphic of a domestic pig, October 3, 2009.

Screenshot of Daily Mail graphic of a domestic pig, October 3, 2009.

In light of the contribution of the pig to society, it’s important to clear up widespread misconceptions about pigs and Islam.

Contrary to popular opinion, Muslims are allowed to touch pig parts, including flesh, like bacon. The Qur’an only forbids them to eat it (haram): “only dead animals, and blood, and the swine, and that which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for other than God.” (Surah 2:173).

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