THE MYTH OF THE MICRO PIG
Is there any such thing as a micro or teacup pig? Simple answer no there is not. Recently there has been much publicity about pigs being bred down in size as pets, and many horror stories of pigs being sold to live in totally unsuitable accommodation such as small estate houses and flats, growing too large for their homes and creating absolute mayhem.
To put the story straight, pigs can make wonderful companions, they are basically clean creatures, as long as they have the right facilities, are highly intelligent, and will live happily with humans. However they are gregarious creatures who should never be deprived of friends of their own species, if so deprived and kept in small indoor quarters they can become bored, destructive and even aggressive. Not an ideal house guest. Whether or not it is right for humans to interfere with nature and breed any animal to change in size or appearance, it does take many years to bring about these changes. The so called micro or tea pot pigs have not been through this necessary period and are therefore reverting to type and growing much larger than their owners expect.
However we worry that many of these lovely animals may be sent to the slaughterhouse. Based on this information staff from PACT visited Little Pigs and discovered many pigs living in poor conditions with insufficient shelter. There were around ninety pigs living on an area the same size as our pigpen where we keep only nine. Posing as potential customers we were able to save five pigs. Five more were rescued by another well-known Sanctuary, but sadly we cannot save them all. No home checks were carried out, and no interest was shown in their future welfare. In fact ‘Little Pigs’ only concern seemed to be making sure that the correct movement orders were completed as they had already been prosecuted by DEFRA.