Breeding pigs are kept in horrifying conditions and suffer terribly throughout their lives. Factory farms can keep up to 10,000 pigs in small separate gestation crates that are often barely a foot bigger than they are, leaving them no room to move around. Keeping pigs like this allows them to be used for breeding over and over under these stressful conditions and in this horrible environment.
Princess, a 14-year-old pot-bellied pig suffered in a terrible situation like this for more than a decade. She was kept in a dark stall where she just kept being bred and did nothing but give birth over the years. She never saw sunlight, never felt a kind touch, and never even had a name before her rescue. Inevitably her mental health declined and when she recently gave birth to twelve piglets, she killed eight of them. The farmer who kept Princess in these terrible conditions knows Caitlin Cimini, founder of Rancho Relaxo, who often asked him to please let her save Princess. He finally reached out after this tragic incident when it became clear that Princess couldn’t help him make anymore money.
When Cimini found Princess in her condition with only one surviving piglet (one drowned in a water bowl and two were stillborn), she knew she had to save the piglet. On top of being in distressing mental health condition, the mama pig is also special needs (she’s blind). Therefore, both would require lots of attention and care that one sanctuary could not give to them. Thankfully, Rancho Relaxo reached out to Arthur’s Acres Sanctuary who just knew they also had to help.
Arthur’s Acres is giving Princess the love and attention she needs. They even gave her that precious name. Meanwhile, Pistachio, the only surviving piglet is doing great at Rancho Relaxo! He learned to use the litter box on his second day, rearranged his playpen all by himself, and communicates excellently.
We are so happy there is a happy ending in sight for these pigs. Pistachio will never know the kind of suffering his mother endured, and Princess will live out her life in the safety and peace she never knew before. We are thankful that sanctuaries like Rancho Relaxo and Arthur’s Acres exist to save the lives of these animals who deserve so much better than the treatment they receive for the sake of the food industry.
For more wonderful information about pigs, see 10 Phenomenal Reasons to Love Pigs, 8 Things You’ve Never Known That Pigs LOVE To Do, and The Incredible Lesson We Can All Learn From Pig Farmer Who Decided to Stop Killing Animals.
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