Meet the Pigs

Mabel Consuela and Diego Montoya (both rescues)
In the spring of 2014, our perfect red duroc farm pig, Petunia,  departed this life at the ripe old age of 8. Pretty good, considering that most pigs only live about six months before they are sent to slaughter! While we knew we could never replace Petunia, after a respectful grieving period, we decided to honor her memory by saving two meat pigs and giving them a chance to fill our hearts with pig joy. And so we went back to the longtime New England pig farmer who had sold us Petunia. He is a good, honest guy who genuinely likes his stock and treats them humanely. But his pigs are not pets. They are his livelihood. They are the same ones that grace many local tables or are skewered on a spit at summertime pig roasts. Sooner or later, they are all sold for meat; the piglets sooner, the producing sows later. And though our two will never be eaten, we paid fair meat prices for them.

There were dozens of piglets to choose from, so rescuing just two was difficult. How could I decide who to save and who to leave behind? It took hours.

These are our lucky two, both black and white Berkshires. They have long forgotten how scared and lonely they were their first night here. We humans, though, have a harder time dispelling bad memories. I am still haunted by the screams of the many distressed sows who watched them be pulled away from their mother. The entire barn cried out and it was difficult to witness such anguish. But the lives of Diego and Mabel have been spared. They now have each other and you and me here at Tomten Farm and Sanctuary.

Come spend some time with Mabel and Diego and see if you agree ...

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Did You Know...

Hold the bacon! More than 115 million pigs are slaughtered annually in the United States. For most, life ends at 6 months or 225 pounds. Pigs are smart, friendly, clean and nearly as trainable as dogs. Ours come when called and have been trained to sit before they receive a treat. We can't imagine not having one (or two!) here at Tomten.

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