Nothing tugs at the old heart strings like a tragic tale of an animal. If you tend to side with the animals, the story of a pig adopted from an animal shelter might seem inhumane. Yet it isn’t all that different from what happens on the farm everyday. The pig met a predictable fate and ended up on the table.
The staff at the Canadian animal shelter aren’t happy about the pig’s fate, though. They adopted out the potbellied pig as a pet. The concept of pet pigs is still not universally accepted, even though some are bred for their small size and meant to be pets.
“First reaction I’d say was shock. Heartbreak,” British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals employee Leon Davis told the CBC. “You know, all the animals that come through our care or branches we get attached to.”
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“Davis had helped bring Molly, a Vietnamese potbellied pig, back to health after she and dozens of other pigs ended up in the care of the organization after a cruelty investigation and subsequent rescue operation,” The Huffington Post writes.
A couple from Vancouver adopted the Molly. The adoption was facilitated by a local branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. During such adoptions, shelter workers interview potential adopters and there were no indications that Molly was going to end up on the menu.
And it may not have been the couple’s intention. Reports on social media suggest that couple was overwhelmed with the care of the animal. While they could have returned the pig to the shelter, they opted for a different solution. Molly was slaughtered, cooked, and eaten.
The SPCA felt like legal line had been crossed and called the police. The police spoke with the couple but determined no laws had been broken.
“The reality is, it’s not illegal to kill your own animal in Canada,” Lorie Chortyk told reporters.
“The adopters had signed a contract saying they would not use the pig for food,” Huffpo writes, “but Davis told the CBC that breaching the contract was not a criminal offense. However, they will be blacklisted from adopting any other animals from BC SPCA in the future. He noted that the shelter would have happily taken Molly back into its care if the couple had returned her, rather than eating her.”
The owner posted a response on Facebook: “I promise that I did not adopt Molly with the intention of killing her, it was only when she became aggressive with my partners dog and had tried breaking through our glass door that I made the decision to have her put down. I understand and invite people to have their own opinions on the matter, but please understand that I am still human. I realize that what I did was wrong, and I cannot fix it, I can only continue to apologize.”