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Want to Give Up Bacon? Pet A Pig

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Want to Give Up Bacon? Pet A Pig

I think everyone has a mental bucket list. In years past I checked things off my own like sky diving, backpacking around Europe and volunteering on an organic farm, but it took me until this year to complete one of my top entries: scratching a pig’s belly.

I don’t know exactly how or when this dream developed, but I’ve wanted to befriend a pig and scratch his or her belly for pretty much as long as I can remember.

I’m sure you’ve heard, as I did growing up, that pigs are some of the smartest animals on the planet, with their measured intelligence surpassing that of dogs and other domesticated friends. On the other hand, pigs are also seen as smelly, destructive and gruff.

Perhaps their contrasting reputation for both intelligence and filth is a part of what drew me to them, as they seemed so misunderstood and rough, yet loveable.

This past year while I was traveling in New Zealand, I fulfilled my dream during a visit to a new friend, in the Far North. This gentleman had given sanctuary to a couple of pigs in his macadamia nut orchard where they live their lives tubby and content. I prepared ahead of time for the visit by saving watermelon rinds and banana peels to offer as tokens of friendship… or, probably more accurately, bribes.

There were two pigs, Pigin and Millie. Millie was the elder (18+ years) and Pigin the younger (18+ months). Millie was dark, plump and the smaller of the two. Pigin on the other hand got her name because she took eating very seriously and had grown too fat to squeeze out through wires around the orchard. Thus, she was now Pig-in instead of Pig-out.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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10:39AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

Loved this article. Thanks so much.

12:43AM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

Vegetarian is the way to go, or even better vegan.

1:59PM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Thanks for this article .I never eat meat,cannot bear to think of all the pain and fear the animals feel before slaughter.

1:43PM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Want to give up eating any animal?

Recite Ho'oponopono -The Hawaiian spiritual path
Karmic cleansing ,to make things right):

I'm Sorry
Please Forgive Me
I Love You
Thank You

1:51PM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

i gave up pork almost 7 years ago. Pigs are so cute!

8:01AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

thanks for sharing

12:21PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013


5:32AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

am a vegetarian all my life.. 55 years.. so i can say this.. please go vegetarian.. let no sentient being die in pain at the slaughterhouse..

"if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian" - Paul McCartney

“Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn't motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn't enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Thank you.

10:48PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

After having to help someone go catch pigs to get them back in their pen, I found pigs to be terribly stubborn, ornery. I do enjoy ribs, ham, occasionally bacon.

4:59PM PDT on Jul 17, 2013


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