"I’m so sorry!" the voice to his left is saying, the hand slipping from the top of his shoulder to grip around the curve of his bicep. It only just reaches around, the thumb pushing up under Nick’s armpit on his front, and the fingers brushing the gap between his arm and his back. "Harry’s a right tit at footy, couldn’t kick a ball straight if his life depended on it."

"I don’t know this Harry but I hate him emphatically," Nick gripes, fingers still pressing against the point of impact of the back of his head.

"Oi," the voice says, mildly offended. "It was an accident, innit. S’not Harry’s fault he’s got two right feet and the coordination of a drunk baby deer."

TPS Vigil

A gentle pig with pleading eyes looks out at us from a packed truck. Although there are laws against such over-crowding, this is something that we see all the time during our vigils. In general, the laws which are in place to “protect” farmed animals are rarely enforced, thus leaving the animals to experience even more suffering.

Choose peace. Choose vegan.

anonymous asked:

What do you know about teacup pigs? They don't seem like a natural breed to me? Is their size a deformation/disability? Are they healthy?

Teacup pigs are really just potbelly pigs. Adult potbellies are about the size of a large dog and weigh ~45-100 kg / 100-300 lb.

People who wish to make money by selling potbelly piglets as “teacup” or “micro” pigs breed very young potbellies, which results in small offspring, and then keep the babies very underfed, which stunts their growth.

Buyers of “teacup” piglets are informed to only give them a quarter cup of food per day. This is starvation. Starving a baby keeps them small.
It also leaves them malnourished and weak, and susceptible to a whole range of health problems.

Teacup piglets are a scam which has lead to countless pigs being dumped at shelters.

Though they are intelligent and wonderful animals, pigs are demanding and costly to keep.
They require access to a large area of land outside, which must have a mud wallow and places to root and forage. They need the companionship of other pigs, and can be territorial, moody, and difficult to housetrain.

Breeders tell people that “teacup” piglets will stay very small and be happy in a house with no other pigs, and behave just like a dog.
When they grow to full-size, are miserable because they are lonely and starved, and behave like a pig, people abandon them at shelters.

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tl;dr: they are not a breed, their size is due to starvation, they are not healthy.

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this is the runt of one of the new litters. i named her richard and she kept falling asleep every time i scratched behind her ear. she looks so silly