Beth!!!!! The Pigs Are In Trouble!!!!!

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  1. BethSucks

    BethSucks Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    "Teacup" pigs getting abandoned across America
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    LOS ANGELES -- Eva Monroy bought a mini pig for her family and fed it what the breeder instructed: a half-cup of food in the morning and a half-cup at night.

    But the piglet named Hammond started raiding the pantry and digging through the trash. A veterinarian told Monroy that he was behaving badly because he was starving.

    The breeder promised the diet would keep him a mere 12 inches tall. But when Hammond grew to 20 inches and 180 pounds, "my husband couldn't handle it any more. 'Either the pig goes or I go,'" Monroy, of El Monte, California, says he told her.

    So she took the animal to Lil' Orphan Hammies, a rescue about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

    It's a common story playing out nationwide, leaving thousands of pet pigs homeless and rescues packed. The crunch has led many sanctuaries to limit how many pigs they will accept or stop taking them completely.

    The craze for tiny pet pigs started decades ago and gets reignited every few years. Online sellers offer teacup pigs for thousands of dollars, promising the animals will stop growing after age 1 and stay small if fed a restricted diet.

    But the tiny pigs keep growing until age 4 and will starve if they aren't fed properly with potbellied-pig food or a blend of vegetables, animal groups say. Once they grow too big to handle, people give them up.

    "There are not enough homes out there anymore. These pigs are in big trouble," said Sue Parkinson of Lil' Orphan Hammies in Solvang, which took in Monroy's porker and others no one else would.

    Parkinson, who has saved 1,000 pigs since founding the rescue 23 years ago, says she gets 20 calls a day from people trying to get rid of their pigs.

    Same goes for Nancy Koontz and her husband at Grazin' Pig Acres in Ramona, 40 miles northeast of San Diego.

    "We absolutely fell in love with the potbellied pig. But we can't take more because we don't have the time, money or help," she said.

    Anna Key, vice president of the North American Potbellied Pig Association, estimated that 90 percent of pigs adopted in the U.S. are later taken to a rescue or sanctuary.

    Complicating things is their care: Some veterinarians won't treat them because they consider them farm animals. Many cities and counties do not allow pigs on property not zoned for livestock, but that doesn't stop many pet owners.

    As pets, people get potbellied pigs, which are a fraction the size of commercial pigs. They typically weigh between 100 pounds and 120 pounds, while farm pigs bred for slaughter often weigh 1,000 to 1,200 pounds.

    Breeders say pet pigs can stay tiny because they're learning to eat less, but rescues say they're emaciated and losing muscle mass.

    "I have never seen a full-grown, healthy, 35-pound pig live to maturity," said Susan Magidson, owner of Ross Mill Farm in Jamison, Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia. It's one of busiest rescues in the country, with 250 pigs and services such as grooming, massage and acupuncture.

    Breeder Patty Morrisroe of Dallas, Oregon, says her smallest pigs weigh 15 to 50 pounds for life by eating specially made feed. She says that her pigs stop growing after one year but that feeding them potbellied-pig food and letting them nibble on grass fattens them up.

    "Regular potbellied pig chow is not compatible with this extremely small breed," she said of the food recommended by animal-welfare groups.

    When pigs grow larger than expected, it can lead to heartrending decisions.

    Holly Jasma ordered a piglet costing $2,500 from a breeder who promised it would stay small. She had to give it to a rescue when it grew to 150 pounds.

    1. "It was gut-wrenching - pretty traumatic for me," the Seattle resident said.
     
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    If you google teacup pigs does it not say they dont stay small :dontknow: How does someone so lazy and dumb to do any research have that much money to blow on a pet :wtf:
     
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    I've got the perfect solution for all of those poor little piggies...

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    Velcoro didn't expect the little pot bellied pussy to get so big
     
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    Lil' Orphan Hammies. :rofl:

    Can't scientists genetically engineer them so they stay that size? I'd get one if they did. :dontknow:
     
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    $2500? My dog was a rescue for $800 and the kitten that stumbled upon my place was $300 for vaccines and neutering, fuck these nonliteral pigs who'd waste so much money on a "unique" animal.
     
  8. beetlejosh

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    Beth and her painter's hat to the rescue!
     
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    My dream pet, I know all about this and I'd definitely adopt. People are jerks who run out and get any pet then dump them!!! Bunnies at Easter are dumped off by June. No breeding until millions of pets aren't put to death a year!!!!

    Breeders should also donate a portion of the money they make from breeding pets to shelters that rescue them!
     
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    Hamburger..

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    reminds me of Esther the Wonder Pig
    the guys were sold a miniature pig which turned out to be a regular type of pig and is now 680 lbs
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    I can smell the shit through the screen.
     
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    Dorb Lovable Old Pig VIP Gold

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    Of course beff likes pigs. She married a greedy one.
     
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    :lol1:
     
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    if beth makes a rescue maybe artie can come.

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    You have to be the lowest form of scum to ever abandon an animal.
     
  17. MutteringJohn

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    Set up an Instagram account and reply to one of Beth's pics about the pigs. If it's a good enough sob story she will acknowledge it.
     
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    I wonder if the growth estimates for any animals are correct. I got my Tibetan terrier mix 6 yrs ago when he was 8 wks old and under 10 lbs. Was told he'd be 35 pounds tops. Fast forward to today ...he's over 80 lbs and has only eaten dry food his entire life.
     
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    Dorb! LOVE the new AV!!!! That's adorable. I've never seen this one before. Is it football season already?!
     
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    I drive by a house everyday that has a gigantic pig you can laying around the backyard.
     
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