Rescued Pigs Celebrate Thanksgiving

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Remember the pigs we told you about last week who were saved from being killed as part of a college agriculture class? (The pigs were being used to “illustrate” gestation by being kept in cramped crates, and their “thank-you” for all that hardship was to be a trip to the slaughterhouse.) Well, the ladies have been making themselves right at home in their new digs at The Cow Sanctuary, and every day brings a new discovery, a new joy—such as Thanksgiving dinner!

They’ve been rolling in the lush green grass …

Happy Pig at Sanctuary© Randi Fair


… and in the straw.

Rescued Pigs at Sanctuary


They’ve been splashing in their water troughs.

Rescued Pigs at Sanctuary


They even “helped” with the construction of their new storm shelter.

Rescued Pig Watches Shelter Being BuiltPhoto by Helga Tacreiter


And for Thanksgiving, they snacked on apple-stuffed pumpkins …

Rescued Pigs Eating PumpkinsPhoto by Helga Tacreiter


… lots and lots of them!

Rescued Pigs Eating PumpkinsPhoto by Helga Tacreiter


Happy Thanksgiving, gals!

Pig Yawning© Randi Fair Photography


Updated March 24, 2015:

Rescued Pigs Sleeping in Straw© Helga Tacreiter


Snoozing in the straw.

What You Can Do

Give animals a reason to be thankful by forgoing turkey and ham this Thanksgiving. Find festive vegan recipes on PETA’s Living page.

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