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Pigs in the news again

There was another article about pigs in the paper the other day. Thankfully the story isn’t depressing like the 12,000+ pigs dumped into the river in China!

pigs in the paper

This story is about the laws governing pigs as pets. We are Facebook friends with a piggy in NY that is in the process of trying to revamp the laws to allow pigs as pets. We are excited that his case is gaining so much traction. We wrote a letter for him to provide in his lawsuit and hope it helped to provide support for his case. Sometimes laws should be revised, especially when considering that pigs are often smaller and cleaner than other domestic animals.

We must add, though, that pigs are a HUGE responsibility and people must do sufficient research to understand what is involved with having a pet pig.

Providing real life stories of living with a pet pig was the main reason we started the blog (along with sharing Cocco’s amusing antics). We hope to enlighten those that are interested in having a pig as a pet to ensure that the pig doesn’t end up abandoned once the parents discover what a commitment it is.

To that end, we have received many emails from people who have come across this blog and have written to us directly with questions. We appreciate and respond to every email and applaud those that take having a pet pig seriously. We have one in our queue now and we are off to answer Leah’s questions πŸ™‚

Piggy kisses,
Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

26 thoughts on “Pigs in the news again

  1. jaspersdoggyworld

    Me and Nellie agree about the importance of being well informed about your choice of pet before you get one. Maremmas are a classic example. People buy these cute, white woolley balls of fluff without realising how much work we are. We bark, we are independant thinkers and do not do as we are told. Maremmas are working dogs and need the life-style to make sure we are happy and occupied.

  2. Ann Paws

    Well, glad it’s not as bad as the other story. I heard that the number of pigs in the river had reached 16k now… I can imagine having a pig is a lot of work. I watched some show on Animal Planet a few weeks ago… the people had 2 pet pigs and apparently they were eating their house apart lol.

  3. mollieandalfie

    We agree with AC . I would love a Mini Pig, or one of those tiny pet hedgehogs but we know they would not be the right choice of pet for us. People get pets that look cute or its the latest trend. Most of them have no idea what’s involved in looking after them.. xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  4. Mitch and Molly

    Our mom met her first mini-piggie living inside with his peeps 25 years ago. His name was Travis. He had so much personality and was such a character, just like you are, Cocco!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  5. onespoiledcat

    I think it’s grand that you’re so open to helping people understand what’s REALLY involved in having a mini pet pig. It’s true that people fall for “adorable” – no matter what kind of animal it is – and once “adorable” turns into “gee I didn’t realize I had to deal with THIS!”, they often dump the animal in a shelter perpetuating the full shelter problem. Understanding everything right from the start means everybody is happy – hopefully!!

    Pam

  6. Long Life Cats and Dogs

    Glad to see there are people out there (including yourself) who will fight for the rights of the pigs but so important, as you say, for people to realise the responsibility that comes with having one as a pet.

  7. Daisy

    I think the law should be revised to allow small pigs as pets, even in apartments. Any pet owner has to be mindful of his/her neighbors when there’s a pet, even if it’s a dog, so why not a cute little piggy? I can understand there being a size limit, but the law should definitely be changed. Good for you fighting the good fight! Hang in there Cocco, you’ll be legal yet! πŸ˜‰

  8. themisadventuresofmisaki

    Agree with all the above. It is fascinating to see Cocco grow up and what’s involved in looking after him. We saw a programme about a woman who rescued adult mini pigs who weren’t so mini anymore! I guess their original owners weren’t prepared for how big they’d grow.

  9. Finn

    I applaud you! You are making a huge difference in the pig-as-pet world. I am sure the folks who write to you are so appreciative of your responses!!!

  10. mariodacat

    in a way you can’t blame the landlord because some people just don’t demonstrate responsibility for a pig, cat or dog. Unfortunately, they make it tough on those of us pet owners who do take proper care of our pet and the houses/apartments we live in. You can go a long ways to educate the public. Research should be done before adopting any pet!!

  11. Two French Bulldogs

    We hear about those laws around here too since they are considered farm animals. How dare they call you a farm animal Cocco!
    Snorts,
    Benny & Lily

  12. easy rider

    I think humans stigmatised the pigs as “dirty&smelly” and reduced them as “source of meat” – but in reality they can be fabulous pets . I think even laws should be adjusted to the actually conditions…

  13. Blueberry's human

    So true that pigs are a huge responsibility. But then again, all animals are. I had no idea that hamsters were as much work as they have turned out to be. It is a big responsibility to care properly for the little critters – they need enrichment and proper diet and a clean, safe environment. I know most people just have them in tiny little habitats with barely enough bedding. That’s just surviving, not thriving.

    Anyway, enough about hamsters – thank you for sharing your knowledge with those that are interested in learning more about pigs! It’s a great public service you do to enlighten us to the highs and lows of pig ownership! πŸ™‚

  14. speedyrabbit

    in the UK you have to have a special licence to keep pig so that you can move them to take the to the vets and the like,but we love pigs and piggies…hehehe,xx Speedy and Rachel

  15. onebluedog

    You are doing a very important job! It is always better if people learn a lot about an animal before they decide to make one a part of their family πŸ™‚

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