Thursday, November 17, 2011

So many questions...it keeps me up at night.

When will people realize that "responsible pot bellied pig breeder" is a contradiction in terms?

Why won't these same people who feel that they are so "responsible" take the time to look closely into the situation and become aware of the suffering they are contributing to by bringing more into the world, when the world has proven time and time again that they only have room for baby pigs? What do they think happens to the adults? Even when you tell them...they don't want to hear or know about it.

Why do these breeders feel it is their right to subject these innocent animals to very sad lives?

Every breeder I have ever spoken to ALWAYS says the same thing. They say that they LOVE their animals. They are VERY VERY careful about what homes they send their animals to. They are ALWAYS there for future support to anyone they sell a pig to...and are ALWAYS willing to take said animal back if things don't work out. They say that they keep in regular contact with all adoptive parents and monitor the care given to the animal throughout it's lifetime.

This is bull. If it were true...why are there so many unwanted pigs out there? I am not saying that they don't start out with the best of intentions...but I have yet to see even ONE breeder who follows through on these ideals. I have called many, pretending to be interested in buying a pig and my home has not once been checked to see if it is suitable for a pig. I have been offered pigs as young as 2.5 weeks old. I have been told absolute lies about pot bellied pigs/their care requirements and their personalities. I know of many pigs in rescues who came from breeders with the same promises. Many times the owners surrending the pig are too embarrassed or just don't care enough to contact the original breeders. Other times they have been passed through many homes by the time they finally end up in a rescue and the original breeder is unknown and unaware of the situation. That's what happens with the promises breeders hand out. The breeder in Camrose of my Piper had no way of knowing the fate of this pig...yet to speak to her, she assured me that she is VERY involved in what happens to ALL OF HER PIGS. Same lies...every single time.

Currently there are ads on Kijiji for piglets. I bet they all hand out the same line of crap. I know that one does for sure. They are NOT responsible...as there is no such thing as a responsible pot bellied pig breeder. These people won't take the time to look into the fact that the market is absolutely saturated with the ever UNpopular adult pot bellied pig. All they see is that people like the babies and are willing to fork out money for them. They leave the responsibility of caring for the unwanted, neglected and abandoned adult pigs that they create to people involved in rescue. People who spend their own time and their own money to try to control the mess that THEY (the "responsible" breeders) have created. Then, they assure everyone of how responsible they are.

Please, do not buy a pig from anyone who breeds. They are NOT responsible. They do NOT care...or they wouldn't be doing this and chances are very very good that they will NOT follow through on their promises. PLEASE do NOT support this!!!

I just received an email today from a girl who got a living, breathing, feeling pot bellied pig baby as a Birthday gift from someone she barely knew. She didn't want it and is not willing to keep it. THIS is what is happening to these pigs over and over and over again. This boy is 3 months old, not neutered, living inside and no longer wanted. I'm sure he came from a breeder with all the same promises...but those promises didn't do him a whole lot of good. HIs future does not look bright...through no fault of his own.

This is NOT ok.

3 comments:

  1. I find the same with any breeder of any type of animal. Any animal that i have ever had is a rescue and I keep them till the end. The world needs more people like us and less people in it to make a quick buck.

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  2. I found Delilah running down a very busy street (with no stop signs) the day before I was going to buy a pot-belly. I tracked down her owner and told her I almost hit the piglet. (She was only 10 weeks old). The owner said, "I wish you would have hit her." The owner lived in an apartment. Her husband had brought the pig home to their toddler (research much?) for his birthday but the pig was mean to the Chihuahua and broke the small wooden fence they had around their tiny back yard. I offered to buy her and the owner just let me have her. I offered to keep in touch for her son and she said, "Just take her. I'll tell my husband she ran away." And so I got myself a Delilah. The other pot-bellies I've known are very sweet. Delilah is more like a pit bull rescued from a fighting ring. She is very aggressive and bites strangers. Just like abused children, abused animals are products of their environment. But I love her and hope I have been doing a good job these past 5 years or so. :)

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  3. It's very sad. I wish people would realize that those cute little babies are pigs...and that's what they are getting when they bring one home. Seems so obvious...but apparently it's not. I'm glad you found her and not someone else...it's very common for these guys to go from one bad home to another...and then eventually end up in someones freezer. Most of mine were going there when I got them. All because they grew up into adult pigs. Not sure what else was expected of them! My girl sounds just like yours...very grouchy and will bite for no reason. She was passed through several homes before she was 3 months old and had terrible mange and worms when she finally ended up here. Can't say I blame her for having issues. I wish you the best with Delilah. :)

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