It is downright appalling what some people are capable of doing to animals. An unnamed Canadian couple adopted a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig from the SPCA as a pet in January of this year, only to kill and eat her less than a month later. They shamelessly boasted themselves seasoning her flesh on Snapchat, which has understandably caused an uproar.
Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA), told Global News that since animals are considered property under Canadian law, there is nothing they can legally do to seek justice for the pig, who was named Molly. Although the couple agreed not to kill Molly during the SPCA’s adoption screening process, they became the legal owners once the adoption agreement was signed, leaving little the SPCA could do but blacklist the couple from the BC SPCA database. Chortyk explained, “We got assurances, but it’s not legally binding. We have no say unless there’s a case where animal cruelty laws are being violated. Then absolutely, we can intervene … I’ve been here 17 years — this is the first time I’ve ever heard of this happening.”
Chortyk further explained, “The reality is, it’s not illegal to kill your own animal in Canada. Someone can take a gun and shoot their dog in the head, and as long as the dog dies instantly, unfortunately, there’s no law against that.”
A petition has been set up to get Snapchat to ban this heartless couple from the social media site. The fact they made zero effort to re-home Molly (their defense is they killed her because they didn’t know how to care for her) and killed her so soon after adopting her and promising to provide her with a safe forever home indicates they may have intended to acquire her for her meat from the start. If someone had done this to an adopted dog or cat, there would likely be an even bigger outrage, and Molly’s life is just as valuable as any other companion animal’s.
Please take a moment to sign the petition here to demand some sort of justice for Molly, and ask your friends and family to do the same.
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