These sensitive, loving beasts should NOT be city pets

Pigs should not be eaten, not because Moses and Mohammed said so, but because they are as intelligent, emotional and loving as your dog.

Recently, many people have fallen for a con: they buy “mini pigs” as pets. They do get very rewarding animal companions — but ones who don’t stay mini. They bought a baby that will grow into a huge person who has no place anywhere but out in the country.

Please read this powerful essay about the problem, by Christian Controneo.

My current work is The Doom Healer series, in which Boris the Pig is the first nonhuman person to join the Metta Team. I didn’t design this, but it’s no accident. Pigs are highly suitable for such a role.

Respect them. Refuse to eat them. And refuse to confine them into a small space designed for humans.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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2 Responses to These sensitive, loving beasts should NOT be city pets

  1. Florence Weinberg says:

    Bob, I know them well, my family had a small farm in the Ozarks during my high school years, where re raised a number of pigs. Gravel Gertie, whom I raised from 5 months to adult sowhood, was devoted to me, and I loved her too. Turns out, pigs don’t have Christian morals, and anything or anybody edible is fair game. Gertie was also a bully. At maturity, she was 6 feet long and who knows how heavy. My mother was afraid of her. Gertie knew it and would threaten her when she could. Once she caused mother to drop a glass mixing bowl that held scraps. The bowl broke in half. Gertie came after mother, who stepped back, heel on the edge of the bowl, which flipped up, cut her leg and severed a small artery. My father got mum out of the pen before Gertie could get to the source of all that delicious blood.


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you for that story, Florence.
      Farm animals raised for breeding or meat are very different from animals raised as pets. My experience and reading is that pigs are inherently about as vicious as dogs, only bigger, and smarter about it.


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