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They were both in the shade sleeping, as I eyed them from outside the fence. I opened the gate and called back to my host:

“Can I just go in?”

He replied, “Yes, just go slowly and give them a chance to smell you.”

As I neared their sleeping spot they began to softly snort and sniff the air. Their faces were so plump and scrunched I could barely see the slits of their closed eyes.

“Are they blind?” I asked.

“No, but they mostly use their noses” he said.

I set a watermelon rind near them on the ground, and their noses began to probe the air weighing whether this new smell was worth getting up for.

After a little more snorting and sniffling, they decided it was worth it and they rose. Pigin quickly shuffled over to her piece of watermelon, while Millie took a little longer, using her nose to help leverage herself into a standing position. They both ate their rinds in what I can only describe as a “snarfling” manner.

After they were finished I dangled banana peels into their mouths and set more watermelon rinds in front of them. As I did this I slowly began to touch their thick, rough, prickled skin. Pigin didn’t seem that interested in my friendship. She was happy with the food, but gave what sounded like an unhappy snort when I tried to scratch her. So I let her be. Every once in a while she would try to steal Millie’s watermelon, which I chided her for, but quickly learned that Millie could take care of herself. She gave Pigin some proper squeals and nips until she left Millie’s share of the food alone.

Unlike Pigin, when I scratched Millie’s back she grumbled in delight and leaned closer. When all the food was done she used her nose to help lay herself down and after some good side scratches she presented her belly, ready for rubbing. The skin on her back and side was rough, thick and tight. But the skin on her belly was loose, wrinkled and soft.

I couldn’t help but smile as she lay soaking up each pat of adoration. After I finished her tummy rub, which I think could have continued all day (provided there were snack breaks), I thanked both Pigin and Millie for the visit and left the orchard.

I was thrilled. I now knew what a pig sounded like when she was happy.

As I think back to this encounter it is juxtaposed against thoughts of the “Pork/Bacon” culture that has developed in the last twenty years.

Eating pigs has become a cultural joke. There are literally bacon and pork societies, conventions and “bacon-a-month” cults! People bond over their love of “pork” as if they could not live without eating part of a pig’s body at each “meal.”

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


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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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