For Immediate Release:
September 12, 2019
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – A fun new PETA video released today shows Jack and Ben—two potbellied pig brothers who were rescued by good Samaritans who found them in a giveaway bin outside a dollar store in rural Virginia and gave them to PETA—tucking into fresh watermelon and bananas with gusto as they await adoption at the Sam Simon Center (PETA’s Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters). Soon after their fruit feast, they were transported to their beautiful new home in Ohio—where they were thrilled to discover apple trees in the backyard.
“Seeing Jack and Ben enjoy their food without ever having to worry about being turned into food themselves is a huge gift,” says Marta Anderson, a former PETA staffer and the pigs’ new guardian. “All pigs deserve long, happy lives, and everyone can help these wonderful, funny animals simply by choosing not to eat them.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—points out that in their natural habitat, pigs spend hours playing, sunbathing, and exploring. They also dream as much as humans do, recognize their own names, and even come when their mothers call—unless there’s fruit to be had!