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Rolling Hills Middle School Letters

November, 2000


Personally, I do not eat pig since they are so intelligent.  I mean, dogs are smart but an animal that is smarter, and we eat them, well, that’s just not right.
Also, I think it does matter how an animal is treated, whether they will be eaten or not!  Shouldn’t they have a good life before they have to die for our convenience?  I was raised as a vegetarian, so I don’t think any aniamls at all should be eaten.  I don’t believe that animals were put on this earth to be eaten.


I think that even though the pigs are going to be slaughtered, I feel that they should be treated respectfully.  They should have a sty, good food, and at least be able to see their own piglets.  They shouldn’t be fake bred either.  I think it is horrible to mess up how a pig’s life would go by getting them pregnant on fake sperm.  I think about it this way, if we were to be slaughtered so that pigs could eat us, wouldn’t we want to be treated respectfully?
Second of all, if pigs are so smart, why do people kill them for food?  I do eat bacon and other things, but if we could understand how pigs think I would lay off all of the pig products.  Is there a way to decipher how pigs think so we can understand it?  If there is, most of the world’s population would be much slimmer.
Pigs are intelligent animals, but we do need all we can get to survive.  As many say, it is survival of the fittest, and if suddenly we happen to run out of cows to feed on, what will we survive on?  So until people can decipher how pigs can think or get them to help us, I think pigs should be living on farms and being used as meat where they are comfortable, not in a stall.  So until then, we do need to feed on pigs.


Does it matter how an animal is treated if it’s going to killed anyway? I think it does matter because it is really sad the way they treat pigs.  I don’t understand why people would do this, I mean people do need food, but there is fake pig products (for vegetarians) and it tastes the same.
Should intelligent animals, such as pigs, be slaughtered for food?  I think that animals that are very intelligent, they shouldn’t be killed.  It isn’t fair because if you put yourself in their position you would hate your life.  You would grow up knowing that you will be killed and eaten.
Should people eat pigs?  No, I don’t think people should eat pigs. You can always go vegetarian and they are usually very healthy.  It’s not cool that people do that (slaughter) to pigs.  It is kind of scary.


I want to talk …

About pigs

Summary:  First, because pigs are not things to be used for our frivolous enjoyment.  Second, because eating pigs supports the inhumane treatment of pigs by North American pig factories.

Eating Any (Sentient, Intelligent) Pig Is Wrong:  Pigs are sentient, intelligent, sensitive mothers, fathers, and children who embody at least 45 million years of evolution of the SusScrofa  (Eurasian wild boar) species.  As a matter of basic morality, they should be respected by humans, not eaten by them.

The pig is by far the most intelligent of the animals commonly eaten in America.  At least one study has concluded that pigs are more intelligent than porpoises, dogs, cats, or parrots.  For example, pigs are better than dogs at solving mazes.  They also are sensitive and affectionate animals.  They deserve more respect from humans than is reflected by the joke-laden labels we have given them:  “pig,” “hog,” and “swine.”

Several moral philosophers have concluded that it is immoral to eat pig flesh under any circumstances.  North Americans certainly do not need to eat these beings to survive.  To frivolously end the life of a sentient being is immoral.

Eating Factory Pigs Condones Cruelty:  In a 1999 textbook, an Oregon State University Professor of Animal Agriculture writes:

Bacon, ham, pork, sausage (or pork-based bologna and hot dogs) most likely contain pig flesh “produced” in a modern “confinement” pig factory.  The most modern of these facilities “produces” more than 2 million pigs annually per facility.  How are these factory pigs systematically treated, and how does this treatment appear to affect the pigs?

Slaughtered In Their Youth:  A pig’s natural life span is around 15 to 25 years.  Most factory pigs are slaughtered at 5-6 months of age (unless they’re used as breeders).  They are killed at less than 4% of their life span.  No matter how they are treated before they are slaughtered, this deprivation of 96% of their natural life span is wrong.

Prematurely Weaned:  Pigs are caring mothers.  Expectant pigs temporarily leave their social group shortly before giving birth, to build a remote nest.  Baby pigs naturally suckle for about 12-15 weeks and stay with their mother for about 2-3 years.  In pig factories, expectant mothers try in vain to build nests by scraping with their hooves the slatted concrete floor of their cages.  Their babies are prematurely taken from them at only about two-three weeks after birth.  The babies are weaned 9-12 weeks early because their mothers are forced into almost constant pregnancy.  A 1993 textbook notes that allowing baby pigs to wean for even twelve weeks would be “grossly uneconomic.”  When the female pigs can breed no more, after about six litters over two to three years, they are slaughtered.

Factory Well-Being Is Not Pig Well-Being:  Some argue that it would be unprofitable for pig factories to mistreat pigs, so they must not do so.  The systematically premature killing and weaning of pigs demonstrates that the welfare of individual …

Do not eat pigs

We will post here some general-interest comments (including criticisms) we receive, with attribution.  We will not post anything without first getting the submitter’s approval.

Rolling Hills Middle School, Los Gatos, CA
[Students in a 7th Grade Language Arts class wrote us after visiting our site, viewing a film on this issue, and reading “A Day No Pigs Would Die.”   Here are excerpts from some of their letters:  LETTERS.]

Reminder Not To Eat Pork:
To all the righteous people behind www.donoteatpigs.org,
I was so glad to see your info in the WW [Portland, Oregon weekly].  I did not eat pork for many years during my high school days.  However, unfortunately over time I slowly and absent mindedly started eating pork products again.  Thank you for reminding me of the reasons why I did not eat pork for all those years! With this email, my pledge to refrain once again goes into effect.  Let me know if/how I might help out!
Laurie Brandt, OR
August 4, 2000

Exposing Pig “Hell”:
Congratulations friends and comrades, for your labors of love to expose the plight of pigs. THANK YOU for establishing this site and enlightening the public to the truth of their “living hell” of an existence in pig factories.
I applaud your efforts to help these magnificent creatures that are horrifically abused. Because you are educating the public about their unique, intelligent and social qualities …. you are paving the way to making a tremendous difference for these innocent animals. You have my utmost respect and heartfelt admiration for your fine work to enlighten the public about these beautiful but long-misunderstood creatures. Keep up the good work!
Saucy Shirley, TX
June 27, 2000

Pig “Auction” Cruelty:
I gave up eating red meat, including pigs, after I saw footage of a farm animal “auction” where a pig lay helpless, unable to move, with his pelvis broken. I will never forget the image of him trying so hard to move. I gave up eating pork right then and there, so I would love to join your group and spread the word.
Jennifer Doerr, VA
June 10, 2000

Questioning Sole Focus On Pigs:
“It troubles me that you have chosen to only fight for one animal.  It appears from your site that you have chosen pigs because of their intelligence. Every second 280 chickens are slaughtered in the US, that is roughly 77 times more than pigs. Also, by only focusing on pigs, esp.
because of their intellect, you inadvertently drive up the demand for chicken, thus causing more overall suffering.”
Dave Bemel, Coordinator, Action for Animals
April 4, 2000

Free-Range Pork?
“Is there such a thing at free-range pork?  I love meat!  I believe that humans should eat meat in moderation to be healthy.  I do however object to the way domesticated animals are raised and slaughtered.  Any options besides: Go Vegetarian! or Eat Tofu?”
Brian, OR
August 4, 2000

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Teacup Pigs in Maryland

Teacup pigs for sale in Maryland

Maryland is the Mid-Atlantic estate of the US. Mini pigs trends have grown in the lands of Maryland. These pigs are very tiny in the beginning of their lives and hence, they are termed as ‘teacup pigs’. They are the productions of the adults having 13-16 inches height. The pigs have the maximum weight of 50 lbs, which makes them manageable like dogs and cats. You need to check out the various features of these pets to keep in your house in Maryland.

It is amazing to know that teacup pigs are intelligent animals having a great sense of learning and understanding the things. They are clean (unlike the farm pigs) and would love to play with you. You will be happy to keep them home and get fresh after getting cuddles from them. Even if you live alone, it is not difficult to keep them as companions. They will be very happy to stay with you and even make you fall in love with them. The environment of Maryland is good for the pigs. You can bring them home and give a separate place for them with comfortable bedding and a small blanket. The comforter will make them happy and they will be contented to be with you.

Pigs are very jolly creatures. They will play around and demand some time from your side for their personal grooming. You’ll be glad to see them growing and learning the things quite well. These animals are very fast learners and will respond to potty training and other things very quickly. They don’t shed hair and hence, the allergic people can easily keep them in their homes without worrying about the allergic reaction.

Teacup pigs are available with different breeders all over the US. You can check out various options from the Internet or in the local area of Maryland to finalize your pet for the house. Make sure that you choose the right pet because the actual size of the grownup pig can’t be determined beforehand. Check out the real parents or their images from the breeder and then decide for the purchase of these tiny creatures.

Teacup pigs in Maryland are becoming trendy. You can get all the info you need to know about them from various resources on the web. It is also possible to find out the real owners and talk to them about the pets. These joyful creatures can fill your life with happiness and hence, can be chosen as the pets for your house. It is essential to make the smart move for your purchase and get the most exciting pet to brighten your life.

Teacup pigs are available at different prices and you can choose the ones appealing you. The pigs of high quality can be purchased and proper care has to be taken for the little kid to make them fine adults. You can choose the best veterinary doctor for your pet to maintain …

Teacup Pigs in Maine

Maine is in the northern region in the US. It is the less populous state with the bordering of New Hampshire to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Residents in Maine are welcoming the trend of teacup pigs in their houses. There are many breeders in the US who supply these cute animals to Maine. They are even bred in the lands of Maine. You’ll even get a good vet for your pet to keep a track of their health. The vet is essential for keeping your pet in a good health and taking full care of them. Maine has many pet experts available and you have to choose the best one for your teacup pig for keeping track of their vaccination and giving you tips for their well being. Similar to humans in your life, pets will be a family member and love you unconditionally. The quality veterinarian is always a plus for the animal as well as their respective owners.

The Internet has made the life of people very easy. They can find out the best vet in their respective local area and even check out their reviews on the web. You don’t have to travel long distances for your pet as there are many options available in the Maine. You can even ask the people who’re having a pet and get their reviews on the best vet. You can visit them and get your personalized opinion. Whenever you are deciding to get a pet in your home, it is always good to do research about them to avoid any confusion later on. It is mandatory to do the fullest research because if you don’t like the pet, later on, it will be a bad thing for both of you. Teacup pigs are lovable and adjust with all family members, kids and pets at home.

After getting your teacup pig, contact a good veterinarian expert and set up an appointment to meet with them. Teacup pigs are becoming very common in Maine due to their increasing popularity. These are best companions for singles and even for a family. All vets know how to deal with the pets and they’ll make a card for your pet by mentioning their body stats, vaccination schedule, and other important things. Your goal should be to find the best doctor for your pet. You should make sure that the vet has the experience of dealing with teacups.

This seems to be a normal thing but teacup pigs have to be dealt very carefully. You can ask people about their opinion and check out the best one with your experience. Don’t hesitate to ask about teacup pigs from the breeder and clear all your confusions beforehand. Check out the pictures of the parents of the pigs beforehand as it can give you an idea about their growth in the adulthood. It is important to make the right purchase and buy the pig from a right source to …

Teacup pigs in Illinois

Illionis is situated in mid-west region of the US and the famous river Mississippi runs through the west of this state. Micro pigs are in trend in Illinois and over the years, the popularity of keeping pets is becoming higher. Teacup pigs are latest in America and this is the reason that the famous cities like Chicago are adopting the new trend of keeping these small animals as the house pets. Click here to read more about Intelligent teacup pigs.

The popularity of teacup pigs is due to their appearance and style. It is really nice to be with the small sized pig, which used to be a misnomer once. Pot bellied pigs are unclean and too big. However, the concept of teacup pigs as pets attained popularity as they are clean and small sized. It is manageable to control them and you can get the best out of their loyalty and affection.

The trend of mini pigs began in 1980s and since then, they’ve become famous in the USA and the UK. People keep them at homes for the different looks and sweet nature. Some pigs might become aggressive, but most of them behave well (only if trained). After all, you can’t expect anything from the animal till you give them your exclusive time. Mini pigs behave in a right way with the family members, kids and even other pets. They are healthy and robust. You need to be very sure about keeping these pets at home.

These exotic little creatures can add to colors in your life. Mini pigs are healthy and have higher life span than the other animals. Appropriate care and affection can make them the best pets and they will enjoy human contact from young age. These pets have lesser issues than the problems with dogs or cats.

Some of the reasons to keep Teacup pigs in Illinois are:

  • These pigs are very compact and cute in appearance. You will love their lovely nature and adore them with the best actions.
  • Teacup pigs are clean creatures. They are not messy like pot bellies and don’t play in the mud like farm pigs.
  • These pigs are very sociable and friendly with family members, other pets and even kids in your house. So, they will not make you worried about the adjustment issue.
  • Teacup pigs are very intelligent and can respond to your training very smartly. You can help them to understand the usage of litter tray or potty spot for maintaining hygiene.
  • These are animals with hair on their body. Hence, there are least chances to catch flees or spread out furs, which causes allergy.

You’ll enjoy the company of teacup pigs and they will be your ultimate loving family member. If you are living alone in a small space, it is very much possible to keep these animals and get the most out of your efforts.
Owning a pet in Illinois will give you all the options to get the right …

Teacup Pigs in Idaho

Idaho is the north western state in the US. The place is not too populous (in comparison to the other US states). The craze for teacup pigs is prevalent in Idaho due to the reason of lesser population. The people who live alone can manage to get a pet at home and get companionship in their life. The trend of these little pigs began with the initiation of celebrities to show off their piglets in the social events. These pigs are very different from the pot bellied or hefty farm pigs. There are many breeds available today for the pigs and teacup pigs are called so because a newborn micro pig is too tiny that it can be accommodated in a big cup of tea.Read more about best of the pets http://donoteatpigs.org/teacup-pigs-in-arkansas/

Teacup pigs are different than the pot bellied pigs. The pig becomes matured at the age of two and its actual growth can’t be determined before this phase. The lifespan of teacups is 15-20 years. The best thing with these animals is that they can be accommodated even in small houses or apartments. Unlike the big pigs, these small creatures don’t require a lot of space to live. The household pets are perfect in size and can attain maximum body weight of 50 pounds (adults). If the pig crosses this range of weight, it is sure that they are on the over-weight or obese category. There are many organizations designed exclusively for the pigs. You can get these pigs in different color shares, including basic black, pinto, whites or cream shades. There is selective breeding done for teacup pigs and if you are finding one for your home in Idaho, it will be good for you to research before making the right choice. The appearance of teacup pigs is speculator. They are impressive and little guys with a lot of intelligence in their head. You’ll not have to worry about teaching them basic manners and general behavior. Once you are done with the training, they will respond in the best way and never disappoint you.

Idaho people love teacup pigs. These pigs even go well with other pets or kids at home. These are harmless animals having anti-allergic traits. Teacup pigs have hair on their body and not the fur, which make them safe for the people who are allergic to pet furs. There are no chances of getting flees on the body and hence, the animals are clean. The trend of teacup pigs is increasing and so is their demand in Idaho. It is always good to buy the pet from a reputed breeder to avoid any chances of wrong selection. After all, a pet would take your energy, time and of course, money to get raised. It is certainly your right to know about the pet before bringing them home. There are many chances of getting the wrong pet, but if you remain careful about your purchase, there will be lesser chances …

Teacup Pigs in Arkansas

Arkansas is located in the southeast region of the US. Many people are opting for teacup pigs as pets and getting the best of the pets from breeders and adoption centers. It has become a trend to keep teacup pigs at home because these creatures are highly intelligent and require less time to get trained. The small creatures are best friends and remain playful. There are miniature pig pet owners in all the parts of the US and you can pick up the small buddy for your house from any place. If you are looking for a teacup pig I recommend checking out Pampered Piglets website.

Mini pigs have been popular from past fifty years. There is breeding done for the smaller creatures and there is an attempt to get the perfect breed. You have to assure that the breed of your pet is genuine. They should be purchased from a reputed seller to avoid the chances of the animals to grow in a wrong way. There are many cases of buyers getting small pigs in their home and seeing them growing big like pot belly pigs. Mini pigs require expert breeding for creating smaller lines of pigs for creating the perfect pig. There can be adorable and cutest creatures brought in your home.

Mini pigs are smart and adorable. They can be categorized as the smartest pets with playful and joyous attitude. They will require your time in the beginning to get trained, but gradually, you’ll see them understanding the things quite well and they will not require too much of guidance. They do require your company and need you to get entertained all the times. Many owners get two pigs at a time to keep them entertained in their company. They need someone around them and even enjoy with other pets in the house. You can easily keep them with your cats and dogs.

Consider these important facts before getting Teacup pigs in Arkansas:

  • Baby pets will grow bigger. People get shocked to see the piggies growing up to the size of farm pigs. This certainly means that they’ve got the wrong breed. The teacup pig should not exceed beyond 50 pounds in weight. Many breeders give you the wrong pets without giving a single hint. The best pigs can be purchased by looking at the parents of the baby pig. If pigs are two years old, they get fully grown and it indicates their actual health.
  • Pigs should be given appropriate food for the best of their health. Don’t give them too much of food as they might get too fat and it will affect their health. Give them vegetables and fruits for the best food ingestion and maintaining a good health for your pet.
  • House training is essential for every pet. If you plan to house train the pig, give them appropriate time during their childhood. They need your attention and love. Give them a proper place to sleep and it will