Canadian Piglet Jumps from Slaughterhouse Truck to New Life

Imagine you are a tiny piglet, only one month old. You are torn away from your mother and scrunched into a dirty truck full of other little piglets, wiggling and stepping on top of each other. You are frightened because you have no clue what is happening to you. What would you do?

Yoda’s Story

One little piggy riding down a highway in Canada decided to make a break for life. He found a small opening and jumped off a moving truck that was bound for a finishing facility. Ultimate goal: he was to be fattened up for slaughter. The piglet didn’t understand he landed on a highway full of potentially dangerous traffic.

“The people who were following that trailer saw the piglet sneak through a hole and fall off the trailer,” said Sûreté du Québec spokeswoman, Joyce Kemp, as reported by CBS News Montreal. They called police who eventually found the little guy walking along the highway. He had some bruises and abrasions on his snout from where he managed to push his way out of the truck. Otherwise, he made the great escape in good health.

Kemp reports police contacted animal control officers who eventually found a permanent place for this little piggy at Wishing Well Animal Sanctuary just north of Toronto. Brenda Bronfman, Wishing Well founder, named him Yoda. “He just loves to crawl into people’s laps and be held. He’s a little angel,” said Bronfman. “There is always somebody on the farm, and he will just be loved for the rest of his natural life.”

The Truth about Farm Animals

While animal advocates are celebrating this small victory, it should be remembered this scenario is a rare one for animals bred and destined for slaughter.  Truly, there remains a disconnect in the minds of humans who applaud Yoda’s escape but continue to eat bacon and other types of meat.

Legally, animals bred for human consumption have fewer rights than our pets and our pets’ rights are miniscule enough. Production animals are considered commodities — objects — not living, sentient beings. Why? So, humans can justify the killing and consumption as moral and normal.

Scientists have long determined pigs are more intelligent than a three-year-old child. Would anyone raise and slaughter human children for consumption? That thought is abhorrent. So why is slaughtering innocent animals for consumption okay? Food for thought…

Consider Going Vegan or Vegetarian

Change is difficult. Many humans fight changing ideological values with almost a knee-jerk reaction. But if humans really are the most intelligent of earth’s species, shouldn’t we consider changing our diet to not include flesh?

It’s never too late to change. If you are interested in finding more information about veganism, research online. Try starting with “Meatless Mondays” as a way to transition into a more humane lifestyle.  Many organizations like HSUS, AHA and MFA have information and recommendations for changing from a carnivore to an herbivore diet, including some of the most fascinating and delicious recipes.

Yoda burrows in the straw at his new forever home

Yes, Yoda is safe. He will enjoy living out his natural life at a loving farm with other animals to inspire his natural curiosities and behaviors. Have you ever wondered how many Yodas there are in this world  Out of all those little piglets on the same truck with Yoda, he was the only one who escaped his fate. Not knowing the size of the truck he jumped from, I can only estimate. One in a hundred, perhaps? That’s not very good odds, is it?

Related Care2 Reading:

10 Ways to Help You Stick to Your New Vegetarian Diet

Breeding Slavery: Why Veganism Should be Considered a Feminist Issue

All photos of Yoda from Facebook


Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Monica Buchanan
Monica Buchanan3 years ago

Pigs are very clever, it is humans who are the stupid creatures.

Miriam O.
Miriam AWAY S3 years ago

◕╰დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting this article! ╭დ╯◕

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Sylvie Auger
SylvieBusy A4 years ago

Selon moi, une des plus belles histoires de 2013. Je repartage, merci.

Sydney M
Sydney M4 years ago

For anyone who hasn't seen / signed this petition, PLEASE do so. It's in regards to a helpless puppy that was tortured and killed in a dishwasher. Thanks so much!!!!

Sydney M
Sydney M4 years ago

As my brother continues to volunteer at the Wishing Well Animal Sanctuary, he has now informed me that another piglet has found it's way to the same sanctuary .... and by the same means (i.e. falling off a truck that was bound for the slaughter house). This makes "3" that I know of. Yoda came first; then there was Princess Leah; and now another little friend. Oh, but I need to find out his or her name (?).

Wisteria K.
Past Member 4 years ago

Some years ago several goats escaped the same way in my country. It happened in the capital, and it took a long time to find them. We have many parks and graveyards with lots of gras and hiding places for brave goats.
When they finally were found, they were offered a life long safe place to live by some kind people.

Lynn J.
Lynn Pascente4 years ago

So happy this little one is in his forever home! I agree with Sonya Armenia R, I wish all were in their forever homes too! Thank God for wonderful, caring people! ♥

Virginia Abreu de Paula

I am so thankful to people that create sanctuaries... Without such places it would be even harder to the Yodas to escape.