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This Little Piggy Didn’t Go to Market

Written by PETA | October 7, 2009

In case you forgot how smart, social, and absolutely adorable pigs are, meet Sherlock. Found wandering down a rural road in Suffolk, Virginia, this little guy was captured and taken to the local animal shelter:

 

 

When he was found, Sherlock was still a baby, but he was already castrated and his tail had obviously been docked. That means that this plucky little piglet likely fell off a truck headed to a growing/finishing barn—which is what the piggy flesh industry calls the factories that are used to fatten up little pigs like Sherlock for slaughter. On factory farms, piglets are taken away from their moms when they are less than 1 month old. Workers cut off their tails, clip their teeth with pliers, and castrate the males—all without painkillers. The animals spend their entire lives in extremely crowded pens on tiny slabs of filthy concrete. It gets even more heartbreaking when you factor in the abuse that these animals face: A recent undercover investigation of an Iowa pig factory farm, which supplies piglets to Hormel, documented that workers beat pigs with metal rods and sexually abused them with canes.

When one of our fieldworkers saw the headline about Sherlock in the Suffolk paper, she immediately went to work to find this guy a wonderful home. Click here to see how Sherlock’s story ends!

Written by Amy Elizabeth

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  • Mike Quinoa says:

    For anyone who hasn’t read John Robbins’ The Food Revolution there is an amazing and beautiful story called “The Pig Farmer.” httpwww.foodrevolution.orgpigfarmer.htm There is a link to it also on PETA’s “The Hidden Lives of Pigs” page.

  • Sydney Hauer says:

    this is just too adorable. People dont relize how amazing these animals actually are. They never think about the animals just what there going to consume. DONT EAT ANIMALS. There loving just like you are NO different.

  • lynda downie says:

    That was nice! And just knowing Bella was rescued makes her even more special. Bella you’re a great ambassador for your people!

  • KATHLEEN WISSENZ says:

    This video is so cute! It just shows that pigs or any animal are not any different from cats or dogs. They all want love to live in peace.

  • liliana says:

    SO BEAUTIFUL IT MAKES ME CRY THE ANIMALS ARE SO NICE! PLEASE LOVE THE ANIMALS DON’T EAT THEM

  • holly says:

    awww how adorable keep fighting BELLA!!!!!!

  • Rebecca says:

    AAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!! THIS IS THE CUTEST VIDEO I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

  • Daily Veg Editor says:

    Of course it was working on the movie “Babe” being in close contact with beautiful animals similar to Bella that prompted James Cromwell to reevaluate his life he was vegetarian by the end of filming.

  • bailey says:

    Meat eaters may not think that there’s anything wrong with killing pigs for consumption only because they don’t realize that all pigs have the potential to be raised and loved just like this “babe.” This video is heartwarming and shows how pigs just want compassion and companionship!!

  • Carla says:

    Love it!! Reminds me of my pal Joker but he’s a dog!! Cuddly when he wants to be and hard to catch when he feels like it! “FREE” what a wonderful spirit!! Just an example of how pigs would like to feel if given the chance like Bella!!

  • shannon says:

    ZOMG PIGGIE!!! Cuteness overwhelming go to fight it TOO CUTE TOO CUTE TOO CUTE!!!