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 :-)

Piggy kisses,
Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

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26 thoughts on “Pigs in the news again

  1. 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.
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  2. 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
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  3. 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! ;)
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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!!
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  6. 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

  7. 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! :)
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