Adorable sounds of pigs munching on food.
Watching our pigs chomp on anything is a favorite pastime in our house. So cute, so funny, so much fun!
Like Voltaire before us, we must rise up for justice for all
The phrase 'écrasez l'infâme' was popularized by philosopher and social justice warrior Voltaire. In his time, he fought for the freedom to think and speak freely without fear of arrest or oppression in a world dominated by the Catholic Church. Thankfully, today we are the beneficiaries of his struggle. But, we are not without social justice causes that need us to step forward. Let us now use écrasez l'infâme to be the call to fight against prejudices that allow individuals to be victimized for meaningless differences. Whether race, sex, or species, all should be protected in their life, liberty and the pursuit of their version of happiness.
Pig Fact of the Week
"I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." Winston Churchill
Pigs are ranked in the top 4 with Dolphins, Elephants, and Chimpanzees, Pigs are known for their high intelligence and extreme cleverness. And anyone that has lived with a pig in their home or yard knows just how true this is. There is a reason why they were chosen to be the leaders in George Orwell's novel 'Animal Farm'.
Cuddling with Pigs is the Best!
I woke up with Pumpkin's snout up against my forehead, Charlotte's against my chin and Millie firmly snuggled up against my stomach. And top that all off with Emmie the Yorkie cuddled up against the top of my head. That is a perfect way to start a day!
Introducing Our 3 Little Pigs
It's Wednesday and that means a new piggy video. Watch as we introduce our 3 mini pigs, 4 if you count the Yorkie that thinks she's a pig. And be prepared for Millie the piglet to continuously interrupt. She is definitely our most talkative and energetic pig.
6 of the Best Things About Life With Pigs
by Rousseau Ysabella Grace Phillips
#1 I love when Charlotte jumps up on the couch and then cuddles up in my lap. Then, longing to be with her sister, Millie comes and nudges in behind me, squealing until she gets comfortable. And sometimes if you are lucky Pumpkin decides that since her babies are there she’ll join them.
#2 You can never go to the kitchen alone. As soon as Millie hears any kind of noise from the kitchen, she comes running. Soon after Charlotte comes and they both stare up at you waiting for treats. Their faces are so cute as they longingly wait for something to eat. If you start giving them food, Pumpkin will stand up on the couch and wait for you to deliver her some food. She always seems so happy to have a personal delivery service. Sometimes Pumpkin will even come join her babies at the kitchen and all their faces will look up in unison.
#3 You have never seen the pinnacle of cuteness until you have seen piggy cave. Piggy cave is when all the pigs crawl under the papasan chair cushion. It’s absolutely adorable when you lift the cushion and all of their faces peek out at you. Sometimes Pumpkin and Charlotte with be hidden under the cushion and Mille will try to find them. She’ll scream and look everywhere for them, until she finally squeezes under the cushion and gets cozy.
#4 Usually the pigs are lined up with Millie in the middle. This is when the belly rub domino effect happens. When you give Pumpkin a belly rub she will either roll over onto Millie or reach out her legs and kick her. This causes Millie to roll over, Charlotte who is already getting a Mohawk feels Millie kick her and so she rolls over too. Then you have to figure how to scratch them all.
#5 Our pigs are usually clean and for some reason, naturally smell good. We hardly ever have to bathe them. The myth about pigs being dirty isn’t true, our pigs prefer air conditioning over mud any day. The only time they get into mud is on hot summer days when they’re outside. Pumpkin will root out a small hole in the cool dirt for her to lie in. Charlotte and Millie will do the same thing. But even after that, the mud will come off when it’s dry.
#6 Our pigs are very calm and relaxed, as long as they have all their meals promptly given to them. Our pigs will lie around on the couch all day and snuggle together. Sometimes they can be caught sunbathing with our dog Emmie. This doesn’t mean that they’re lazy, Millie, the youngest, has lots of energy. This sometimes annoys Pumpkin and Charlotte. But most of the time they can be found cuddling up on the couch.
A Song for Pigs Everywhere
While much of our focus is on educating people regarding mini pig adoption and care, we also consider it one of our goals to help pigs across the world in all situations. And every year, millions of pigs will die in the process of making pork, bacon and sausage. These pigs are loving, caring, intelligent creatures just like the mini pigs that live in our home. So, it only makes sense that we would want to make sure that no pig is suffering or dying. This song and video were inspired by an event we attended called Rise Up -Shut Them Down. We saw several thousand pigs headed into the slaughter facility in a very short time. It was heartbreaking. And it only hurt worse to return home and be reminded of exactly who it was that we saw. They could have been our Charlotte, Millie or Pumpkin. So that is why we fight for them to. To us, there is no difference.
Are We Failing Pigs by Insisting Small Pigs Don’t Exist?
“There are no such thing as small pigs.”
“All companion pigs are actually pot-belly pigs.”
These are the often-repeated phrases coming out of the mini-pig world and from the mouths of pig rescuers. I’ve said these exact things and have written them in the hopes of protecting pigs from being abandoned by people buying piglets believing they are going to end up with a tiny pig that stays under 75 pounds.
So, what is the problem with saying these quoted phrases? That’s simple to answer: they aren’t true. But, before you run out and buy a ‘teacup piglet’ or ‘micro mini piglet’, please keep reading. The reality is, breeders are doing all kinds of bad and abusive things to try and create smaller and smaller pigs. Some breeders are simply selectively breeding mixes of pot-belly, kune-kune, wild pigs and other cross breeds. Just as overtime the wolf was modified into the tiny Yorkie, it is not impossible to believe that someday pigs will be smaller. And because of these cross-breeding practices, saying that all companion pigs are just pot-belly pigs is a claim that can’t be substantiated. At this point in time, it would be closer to the truth to say there are no purebred Vietnamese pot-belly pigs out there. Other breeders are doing things like over-inbreeding or trying to breed in gene mutations that result in defects that end in smaller pigs but often also shorter and more painful lives for these pigs.
At this point in time, there is no guarantee that a piglet you buy will stay small. And if they do, the odds that they will have health problems is much greater. And by buying a piglet from a breeder, you may be sentencing more pigs to lives of suffering and abandonment. Until people stop supporting the breeding of pigs, pigs will continue to be abused and neglected by breeders for profit.
But there is another problem with telling people that smaller pigs don’t exist. What happens when someone ends up with one of these smaller pigs unintentionally? And we are not talking about people who are tricked, willfully or not, into restricting food intake to keep a pig unnaturally small. That is animal abuse on the part of all knowing parties. And the signs of an underfed/underweight pig can be found here. But, there has been in recent years, an increase in the number of pigs that are staying smaller even when provided proper nutrition and care. How can I know this for sure? For one, I’ve spoken with people in the pig rescue world that say this is becoming more prevalent. They agree it is likely the result of abuses by the breeding industry. Pigs are being in-bred, parents bred too young, mothers starved during pregnancy and babies starved in utero and in general pigs treated neglectfully by other means to restrict the eventual size of the pigs they are producing. The result is that some pigs will end up staying smaller. And denying this will only result in stress on the part of people that end up with such pigs but still do their best to give their companion pig the best life possible.
I was on the receiving end of many attacks from over-zealous people in the pig rescue world that took the diminutive size of our rescued pig Millie to mean that she was being underfed. We know nothing about Millie’s parents or where she originally came from. We were told she was about 8 weeks when we first met her. And now at nearly 9 months old, Millie is only 20 pounds. She should be 40 pounds or more based on even the slower growth rate of a pig ending up in the 75 pound range. So, the conclusion of many of these rescue people is that she must be underfed and malnourished. The problem with that is that Millie has seen multiple vets, had bloodwork done, x-rays and had second opinions given. These were not vets inexperienced with pigs. In fact, a couple of them were vets highly recommended by people deep within the mini pig world touted as experts on pig healthy. And the unanimous consensus is that Millie is perfectly healthy and in no danger of malnourishment based on all signs observed.
And it is possible that Millie may hit a late growth-spurt and jump up to 150 pounds. With Mini-Pigs, the only thing you can be sure of is that you have a pig, everything else regarding size and shape will be revealed within the first 5 years, usually with most weight and size being put on within the first 2 years. But, even if Millie ends up something ridiculously small like 40 pounds, there is no guarantee her kids or even her siblings would have been such a small size. (And, that is why I stand by my stance that if you have a size restriction on how big your pig can be, you should either adopt an older pig or not plan on having a companion pig at all.)
And it is because of the fact that pig sizes are beginning to vary more and more that we cannot assume that everyone with a smaller pig is utilizing some form of abuse to achieve this (though that may be true of the breeders of these pigs at this point). To do so will only alienate people that are not doing anything wrong and create distrust towards the people trying to protect pigs from abuse and abandonment. We, as a pig community, are better served to provide accurate information and hope that people will make the right choice to adopt a pig from a rescue. Using claims that can’t be defended against the evidence before our eyes will only result in people seeking information from sources like breeders. I know our hearts are in the right place and we want to protect pigs, but we don’t need to mislead people to do this. There are some pigs out there staying small without being starved and we need to address this.
The facts are still on our side. Most pigs kept small will live shorter and more unhealthy lives. Breeders are achieving these sizes by abusing pigs and using unethical methods. And buying a piglet only guarantees you will end up with a pig. The final shape and size of your pig cannot be predicted with any accuracy and will only be known after several years of growth. This should be enough for good people to make the right choice to adopt a pig. Anyone who still buys a piglet would do so regardless of what you tell them.
Conclusion: Pigs come in all shapes and sizes with different body types and builds. But, there is no good way to predict how a piglet will look when full grown.
Charlotte Brings Her Activism To VCU
Charlotte Returns to VCU
Day 4 of our Week with Kimberly Moffatt of Vegan Outreach
Today Charlotte made her triumphant return to VCU for the 4th time only to be asked to leave by the Dean of Students. He was polite about it. But, fortunately, we were able to finish our planned day before he returned. He was nice enough about it. But, it was two people and a pig, hardly a disruption to his campus.
While we were there, we handed out several hundred pamphlets. And Charlotte had many adoring fans stopping to meet her, love on her, and some declaring in the moment that they were done with eating pigs. Others seemed eager to look into a vegan lifestyle. Many students remembered Charlotte from past visits and were excited to see her again.
One student came back and said they had been vegetarian for years but after reading the pamphlet were going to go vegan. And others said they had been wanting to look into going vegan and seemed happy that we brought the info to them.
Overall, it was an amazingly successful day!