“Why does it matter if we overfish tuna? It tastes so good!”
“If the oceans dried up tomorrow, why would I care? I live 500miles away from any body of water!”
The thing is, without the oceans, we would all be dead. Our planet would probably look like Mars. There would be no freshwater, no food for us to eat, no suitable climate for us to survive.
(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Whether you live by the coast, or only see the ocean once a year on holiday, the ocean has an impact on your life. Every breath you take, every food or drinks you have… is thanks to our oceans. Every single individual and living being on this planet is deeply connected, and extremely dependent upon our seas.
The oceans regulates climate, weather, and temperature. They act as carbon dioxide ‘sinks’ from the atmosphere. They hold 97% of the Earth’s water. They govern our Earth’s chemistry; all the microbes and microscopic organisms at the very bottom of the food chain support our own existence. The oceans are also crucial for our economies, health and security.
(Photo credit: Brian Skerry)
The past generations have been raised with the idea that the ocean is huge (and it is) and resilient, and that we could basically take from or put into the oceans as much as we wanted. Now, we found out that we cant go on this way. This mentality is part of our problem and it needs to change.
While we have made tremendous discoveries about the oceans over the last few decades, we have also caused more destruction to the sea than ever before. Many fisheries stocks are overfished, catastrophic fishing techniques are destroying the habitats and depleting populations, many marine species are on the verge of extinction, coral reefs are dying, pollution run-offs from agricultural farms are creating dead-zones where nothing can grow or live, millions of gallons of oil have devastated the Gulf of Mexico, bigger and faster container ships create noise pollution for marine mammals and endangers them…The list goes on, and on. We have had so much impact that we have actually changed the pH of the oceans!
Pretty overwhelming, uh?
So yes, you should care, because if the oceans crash, we as a species are crashing with them. The entire planet Earth will be gone. And if that’s not enough of a wake-up call for you, I don’t know what else could be!
While all the current marine conservation issues appear huge and insurmountable, there is still hope. Each individual can make a difference now. YOU can make better choices about which fish to consume (or not at all!) and ask about the way they were caught or raised, YOU can encourage sustainable fishing practices, YOU can decide not to use fertilizer or pesticides in your backyard, YOU can bring your own reusable bag to the grocery store and stop using plastics, YOU can stop using products with microbeads, YOU can participate in beach clean-ups, YOU can start your own research and discover even more awesome things about the oceans… YOU can spread the word to your skeptic friends! Have people follow in your footsteps; inspire your friends and family. Be the change :) !
Hey Nai, hope you're having a peaceful day. I have three raised beds in my herb garden, currently rosemary is the only permanent fixture. How do you recommend I make the most of the three beds utilising witchy and edible herbs? 💕
So, the absolute best way to have an herb garden (in my opinion anyway) is an herb spiral. The main reasons for this are 1) It provides more surface area for planting, maximizing the space, 2) Simulates different moisture levels, temperature, and light levels (full sun, partial shade, etc). This means that you can grow a variety of plants in one spot, including some you may not be able to grow normally in your climate 3) After set up, it has minimal maintenance, but tends to produce more due to specific needs being met.
I plan on documenting the new one I build - I just got the bricks today! (There’s other materials you can use instead)
Tips for flat beds/gardens in general:
Lasagna gardening.It sounds silly, I know, but it’s a method of farming that creates really healthy plants, with minimal weeding required. Read about it, you’ll thank me later.
Look for companion plants! This is more important if you plan to plant vegetables, as some vegetables can affect growth if planted next to each other, but another reason is pest control. A lot of herbs repel specific insects that tend to eat specific crops (like catnip, hyssop, rosemary and sage deter cabbage moth), so it’s a pesticide free way of protecting your garden. Some even encourage flavor or growth.
Make sure to pair plants with similar needs together - rosemary likes it a bit drier, so don’t plant it next to mint, which likes lots of water.
Actually it’s probably best if you left mint in a container. It’s a ‘weed’, as in it takes over everything and can be hard to get rid of. You should look into things like that as well before planting anything.
If you have pets, please make sure to look into things that can hurt them. A lot of plants we like to use aren’t so good for our furry friends, some are actually deadly.
The Witchy side of things:
Talk/sing to your plants as you tend to them, and as you spend time in the garden. Some non-witchy people do this as well, because it encourages growth. Personally, I think the stronger your relationship with the plant spirit the more effective the harvest will be in spells, but that’s not verified or anything.
Making your own compostmakes a wonderful offering/gift to thank the plants when you harvest them. It’s also good for them, and you can feel good knowing that you’re putting less stuff in a landfill.
If you’re the type to use sigils, lightly carving them on the surface of your garden is simple and invisible.
If you worship a certain deity, making a tribute garden can be a great gift to them. Some of the seeds I ordered are for that, actually.
Make a meditation space around your plants. If you work hard to make a healthy and peaceful garden, it can become your solace, and a sacred area for spellwork. A place to clear your head to focus on your craft is really beneficial! :)
Not to sound Reformist or anything, but the revolution needs work. The revolution needs people rebuilding infrastructure, creating new devices, and restructuring society toward a better future. We need people creating those automated vertical farms or factories, because they are not just going to appear overnight.
This is why I think that advocating for a four* hour workday is vastly superior to immediate work-abolition. It would be a revolutionary change to how people live their lives while still allowing us to progress toward meeting these needs.
(* People are generally only productive at work for four to six hours at most. It really wouldn’t reduce the amount of work people get done, and would allow a lot of people access to the workforce who simply cannot stay for eight hours.)
a partial list of real cleric spells merle highchurch could cast with his Ring of the Grammarian:
speak with dad (a spell that lets you speak with your dad)
mess heal (the only 9th level cleaning spell in existence)
scare the dying (insult to injury!)
raise dad (look at me. i’m the dad now)
meld into store (you have become one with costco)
farm (create a farm in an empty space in front of you. the farm can be up to 2d10 acres in size, and may produce any common farm products of the caster’s choice, taking the size of the farm and the suitability of the environment into account.)
find craps (when would you possibly need to use this, dear god)
I'm passionate about marine conservation, but I'm afraid me eating fishes is worsening overfishing. Should I stop eating fishes?
Yes and no! Seafood is a tricky beast when you’re talking about conservation, because it’s not all created (or fished, or farmed) equally. Fortunately, there are several institutions out there who have made it their goal to help the everyday, average person make responsible, ecologically-sound choices!
The Monterrey Bay Aquarium hosts Seafood Watch, which is basically the be-all-and-end-all of this sort of thing. They have a free app you can download onto your phone (so you can check while you’re doing your shopping), but the site I linked to is also pretty great.
For example, I typed in “salmon” in the search box because it was the first type of fish that came to my mind and it gave me this:
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Look for “Best Choice” pink salmon caught in Washington with reefnets, sockeye salmon caught in Washington during the early summer-run with reefnets, Chinook salmon farmed in New Zealand and salmon farmed in closed tanks. Most salmon caught on the U.S. West Coast and in British Columbia is a “Good Alternative.” However, some sources of Chinook and coho salmon from the Columbia River, Washington’s Puget Sound and British Columbia’s South Coast are on the “Avoid” list. We also recommend you look for eco-certified Alaska salmon. Say, “No, thanks” to farmed Atlantic salmon unless it’s from Maine or sold under the brand names Verlasso® (Chile) or Blue Circle® (Norway).”]
When you click on the “View Salmon Recommendations”, it takes you to a whole big list of which types of salmon are the most ecologically-responsible varieties, and even goes into detail about why it’s considered the best. Like, it breaks everything down. Please feel free to play with that site. Lots of people worked very hard on it.
The National Aquarium also has Seafood Smart, which is their answer to Seafood Watch and focuses mostly on aquaculture (”fish farming”) as an alternative to wild-caught seafood. They don’t have too much on their site as it’s a fairly new thing, but there’s a link to email the Seafood Smart Department with any questions you might have about aquaculture.
I also just found a site called FishChoice, which has profiles detailing commonly-eaten types of seafood–both fish and shellfish! They have very thorough profiles for each, which you can find here for regular fish and here for shellfish. If you go to “Sustainability Summary” for your chosen seafood, you’ll see little links along the side saying “Find Products”, which will take you to a list of seafood suppliers who sell that particular sort of fish, from the specified location and method of obtaining.
The downside of FishChoice is that it appears to be geared more towards retailers or restaurants, but, you as a consumer can still use that information.
How? Here’s how.
Go online and take an in-depth look at the places you buy your seafood from and see if you can find a list of their distributors (or just call them up on the phone and ask them, if you don’t mind phones). You can then cross-check with FishChoice and see if that distributor harvests or farms its seafood in a sustainable, responsible manner.
While you’re at the store, you can also look and see if you can find the Marine Stewardship Council’s logo on the packaging. MSC is a very trustworthy conservation group. Here’s their logo:
You can also look and see what other logos you can find on the packaging you have in front of you, research them, and make your decisions that way.
I know this sounds like a lot of homework for one person to do, and hopefully as more people come to understand how important this is, the process will become more streamlined and easier on the consumer. The big-name aquariums and institutions are hard at work making the tools available to the average person, but there’s still a lot of work to do.
The push for renewable energy in the U.S. often focuses on well-established sources of electricity: solar, wind and hydropower. Off the coast of California, a team of researchers is working on what they hope will become an energy source of the future — macroalgae, otherwise known as kelp.
The Pacific Coast is known for its vast kelp forests. It’s one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth, and farming it requires no fertilizer, fresh water, pesticides, or arable land. “It can grow 2 to 3 feet per day,” says Diane Kim, one of the scientists running the kelp research project at the University of Southern California.
Kelp is transformed into biofuel by a process called thermochemical liquefaction. The kelp is dried out, and the salt is washed away. Then it’s turned into bio-oil through a high-temperature, high-pressure conversion process.
Some small companies are growing kelp as a substitute for kale in the U.S., but that’s exactly the problem – very, very few are doing it. Thus, the infrastructure and investment isn’t in place to make other products from kelp, like biofuel.
“We’re testing out a concept that would enable large-scale, open-ocean farming,” she says. “And what that would essentially do is grow enough kelp to make it economically feasible to make it cost competitive and maybe one day, provide a source of clean, sustainable, non-polluting source of energy to compete with fossil fuels.”
Twenty-five miles from downtown Los Angeles, on sunny Catalina Island, Kim and her colleagues operate a center called the Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies. The clean, deep waters off the island provide a great environment for research.
Harvesting kelp in California for commercial purposes is not unprecedented. “They did have these large boats that gave the kelp a haircut, harvesting kelp along the California coast,” Kim explains. During World War I, kelp was used to make gunpowder. By the 1960s, a company in San Diego harvested kelp to make products like alginate, which is a solidifying agent in ice cream and cosmetics.
Here on Catalina Island, Kim and her colleagues are trying to build a machine that would raise and lower kelp beds to get sunlight in the shallow water and nutrients in the deep water. This would allow them to farm miles from shore. They call the device a “kelp elevator.”
There are real obstacles to creating large-scale kelp farms in the U.S., though.
“At the moment, they’re way behind the curve,” says University of Hawaii tenured researcher Michael Cooney of the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute. He says countries in Asia and Scandinavia are much farther along than the U.S.
One of the main reasons for this discrepancy is that these countries have been growing kelp for food for many years. “They already have a pre-existing infrastructure that’s pretty sophisticated for growing and harvesting,” Cooney explains. “It’s harvesting for food and other products, but a lot of that capital’s already in place. And that’s a much better starting point than small companies in the U.S. that try to go from ground zero to a transportation fuel.”
In Sweden, people have been farming seaweed for a long time. “The first thing we do with the high-quality kelp, we do it for food, actually, "says Fredrik Grondahl of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He says selling kelp for food is very profitable.
"The next part is to make feed ingredients,” Grondahl adds. “And then we are also extracting polymers from the kelp to do bioplastics and adhesives and maybe also textiles.” The leftover kelp is turned into biofuel, so the clean energy aspect is just one of many uses for kelp in Scandinavia.
The Wrigley Institute scientists don’t use natural populations of kelp, but grow their own in a nursery, starting from spores. They tie the juvenile kelp to long, white PVC pipes and drop them into the water. Eventually they hope to create sheets of kelp plants hundreds of yards across.
The researchers don’t use the natural populations of kelp on Catalina Island, but grow their own in a nursery starting from spores, like this one at the research facility.
Ken Nealson, director of the Wrigley Institute, takes us out onto the water in a boat to see the test site where they’ve already dropped a pipe 30 feet below the surface, with small kelp plants sprouting off of it. Nealson straps on scuba gear and dives down to inspect the project, while bass and other marine life circle around him.
“What you see here is the beginning of something that can really revolutionize bio-fuel production, if it works on a large scale,” he explains. “You can imagine growing enough kelp to supply a percentage of the bioenergy that’s needed in this country.”
“Imagine” is the key word here. This experiment is in its earliest stages. By September, the researchers hope to put a full-scale kelp elevator in the water. And if that works, then someday years from now, endless miles of ocean could one day become farmland.
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
See? Lol this is why socialism can't work and all attempts to change anything are doomed to fail.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
Geniuses, omg, what marvelous men, such rebels, we need to do exactly what they intended.
*oversaw mass enslavement, imperialist genocide, active political disenfranchisement for anyone who wasn't white and male and property-owning, and the rapid accumulation of capital for elites*
Well it was a different time ya know.
Four years later, we can see the profound impact beavers have had over the local ecosystem. Their dam cleans water which is polluted by the local farms, and helps fight the soil erosion perpetuated by intensive farming in the area. The wetland habitat created by the beavers have reinforced other populations too, whose numbers have been in decline. In 2011 when the beavers were reintroduced, there were 11 clumps of frogspawn in the wood; this year there are 681. These frogs in turn provide a food source for herons and snakes, who haven’t been seen in these numbers in the region in 200 years.
Successful reintroduction of species is frequently opposed by farming communities, but this story demonstrates how a return of the animals displaced by hunting and clear-cutting can be instrumental in solving some of the many problems which intensive farming creates.
I’m playing the Abandoned Farm Challenge using the gorgeous abandoned farm created by @asexualsims ❤(ˆ‿ˆԅ)
It’s is so much fun!
I will be uploading the progress of these guys on YouTube and post bits and bobs on here. (ᵔᴥᵔ)
- Toxx - Inquest-Member,
from Nijana and the Dad from Alicia -
Toxx was born in the Inquest and grow up
to be strong,
strict. It’s a small wonder, he is
to fell in love with somebody and this somebody was Nijana. As she help him, as he was
by some Peacemaker,
in her After some
he take Nijana with him to the Inquest.
the strict and cold-hearted guy, but he fell in love with Nijana and he care good of her.
As Alicia was born, he was not happy about that his
was an albino. Toxx
educates his daughter like his parents done with him. The problems was only, as he was a child, he want to be a Inquest-Memer, but Alicia don’t want it. This was the reasopn why he was realy strict to her and don’t stop to use
Welcome to Willow Grove Gardens! Michael and Ruth have worked tirelessly for years to create such a beautiful farm filled with fruit trees, vegetables, wonderful people and great cooking. They are always in search of help, and of interested people who they can pass their abundant knowledge down to. If you’re interested in working here with me, or in the future; message me for their contact information. We work six hours a day, five days a week, Sunday and Monday being our days off. There is a separate house in the property where all of the WWOOFers live together. We have unlimited access to any food grown on the property, along with anything in their kitchen. On Saturdays we set up at the market and help out with customer service and other general things such as loading and unloading. Wednesday and Thursday mornings we spend half of the work day preparing the CSAs and delivering them. Again, if you’re interested in working in Washington state for a while, shoot me a message! Everyone here is wonderful and its always great to meet new people.
Edward Carpenter (August 29, 1844 – June 28, 1929), English socialist, poet, philosopher, anthologist and LGBT activist. Born in Hove, Sussex, he was educated at Brighton College and graduated from Cambridge in 1868. He initially became a curate for the Church of England, but grew increasingly dissatisfied with the church as well as despairing at the condition of the working-class poor in England. Additionally, he grew to accept his homosexuality; after the rupture of a brief relationship in college, he had spent time with male prostitutes in Paris; reading the work of the gay, spiritualist American poet Walt Whitman awakened his sense of his own sexuality and his determination to help the less fortunate. He left his position with the church, taught for a while in Leeds, worked with the Socialist Party in Sheffield and, after the death of his father left him financially independent, finally settled in Millthrope, near Barlow, Derbyshire, where he bought land to create a farm. Spiritually, he became fascinated and heavily influenced by Hindu mysticism and Indian philosophy, travelling to India and Ceylon in the 1890-91. On his return to England, Carpenter met and fell in love with a working-class man, George Merrill, 20 years his junior; Merrill moved in with Carpenter in 1898, and their relationship inspired their friend E.M. Forster in the creation of his novel Maurice (written 1913-14, published 1971), which portrays the relationship between the upper-class Maurice Hall and the games keeper Alec Scudder (portrayed in the classic 1987 film adaptation by James Wilby and Rupert Graves, respectively). Carpenter’s home in Millthrope became a magnet for many of the left-leaning luminaries of the era, including Forster, humanitarian Henry S. Salt, sexologist Havelock Ellis, political activists John Bruce and Katherine Glasier, feminist Olive Schreiner, and poet and critic John Addington Symonds. Following Symonds death in 1893, Carpenter became the foremost writer advocating for the acceptance of gay men and women; he also wrote extensively in support of the rights of women (famously exclaiming that marriage is essentially legalized prostitution) as well as socialism and capitalism, nature and the environment; Carpenter was one of the founders of the modern Labour party, though his many radical ideas caused him to be not just vilified by the right but even mocked by some on the left. Following Merrill’s sudden death in January, 1928, Carpenter’s health deteriorated; he suffered a stroke in May of that year, and died the following June. His fierce, almost solitary advocacy of gay rights would inspire subsequent generations.
The name Ainu comes from the word ainu, which means human. Their land is called “Ainu Mosir”, or land of peaceful humans. A common phrase is ainu nenoan ainu, which directly translates to human-like human; meaning they as people are humans in the rawest form.
Their culture greatly respects animals as they’re believed to have other worldly visitors residing in them (spirits, gods, demons etc). The bear, striped owl, and killer whale are the most revered and seen as deities. Occasionally they’re called a bird cult.
Kaneki recites a poem where it talks about gods of the Ainu people. I won’t go into too much detail on the mythology of the creation and birth of the deities but basically he references this by mentioning the lineage of the gods. Before he recited the poem Kaneki says Hide’s name and speaks of how it’s impossible to fulfill what he asked of him (to face Arima and fight with all his power). I’ll come back to this in a bit since there’s more to it.
The Horned Owl of Ainu Mythology
In Japanese culture owls are seen as a symbol of luck (of course wisdom too) and protection against hardship and misfortune (Yoshimura), but on the other hand horned owls are seen as the bringers of suffering (Eto).
Yoshimura (owl) vs. Eto (horned owl)
This comes from the Ainu belief that the little horned owl was a being that fell from the gods’ good books and became cast aside and cursed. Having the owl fly across your path at night is seen as a sign of impending misfortune (remember Eto flying in during ch. 136?).
“The Ainu look upon [the little horned owl] as a demon who really desires to harm mankind, and they naturally consider him to be a bird of evil omen.”
The story behind his downfall told that the little horned owl was sent down from the heavens by a god, where he lived to produce a lineage of children on the Ainu land. They lived happily in the mountains but once the Ainu people began hunting in the mountains, the mischievous owls entertained themselves by tricking and ultimately causing all their attempts at catching prey to fail. This caused a great famine and growth of disease that killed many of the Ainu. The god saw this and decided to pass judgment on the owls’ actions. He spoke to them saying, “As you have done this evil deed your clothes and goodness of heart shall be taken from you. You shall henceforth posses hearts like noxious weeds, you shall shed many of your feathers, and suffer much from the cold. You shall live in the holes of trees, desire to enter people’s homes, and be tormented by man.” The horned owl and his children were then hunted and their meat consumed by the Ainu. It is said the owls are envious of human dwelling as they’ve lost their place with the gods and are now unable to exist with the humans.
Now if we break it down some
As you have done this evil deed your clothes and goodness of heart shall be taken from you. You shall henceforth posses hearts like noxious weeds, you shall shed many of your feathers, and suffer much from the cold.
Eto’s shown us that she’s a pretty bitter and cruel person just by looking at her actions.
On multiple occasions she’s shown half nude, wearing bandages (feathers) that are slipping off her body.
You shall live in the holes of trees, desire to enter people’s homes, and be tormented by man.
She’s the Leader of Aogiri Tree (aka Parasol Tree), which is also an invasive species of plant that’s difficult to rid of (ironically her kagune looks like tree branches).
She has the tendency to interfere in other people’s families and relationships so she can relish the process of breaking them.
Because of her mixed genes, Eto was rejected by the humans and ghouls, hunted by V, and eventually in her teens listed as the most wanted target by the CCG.
“[The little horned owl] is also said to be able to tell a good man from a bad one at sight. When caught, the people say that he will not look at a person if that person be of a bad disposition, but will keep his eyes merely closed, just peering through the slits between the lids. This act is called ainu eshpa, i.e., “man-ignoring.” If the person before whom the bird is brought be of a good character, he will stare at him open-eyed. This act is called ainu oro wande, i.e., “searching out the man”….”
Eto’s eyes are usually shown hidden behind her mask but are shown open wide and attentive whenever she takes on an assertive and manipulative state.
(also notice the reference of wisdom and then to a deity from Eto)
Kaneki’s Poem continued…
The important part of the creation story that I mentioned is that the world/land, plus two gods, were formed from the rising mists of the oceans. The two gods married and produced many gods including two shining gods, or the Sun god and the Moon god, who rose to Heaven in order to illuminate the dark places of the world.
Okikurumi (aka Chikisani), who was briefly mentioned in the poem, is one of those many gods. He is the son of the goddess of elm trees but is heavily associated with fire because of his temperament and fiery personality. This also has to do with his hair resembling the color of flames (oh look who that sounds like).
At one point Okikurumi descended from Heaven to help humans. Basically he taught them how to build, farm, hunt, create fires etc., everything that was needed for civilization while supporting the Ainu whenever they needed him. He married and stayed in the village with a human, but eventually had to part ways with her in order to return to his true nature as a deity.
Now looking at Hide we know that his Tarot card is the Magician (No. 1)…
which is also the card that represents the bridge between the world of spirits and the world of humans, just as Okikurumi was during his time with the Ainu.
Extra note: I ended up adding Hide to the same post because I think Eto and Hide are somehow tied together. How I haven’t figured out yet…
We know that Eto is a different species of ghoul, so is Hide the same, being born half ghoul ? Or are we going back to the Washuu theory and say that he’s the CCG(?) (the gods’ of the Ainu) and she’s the leader of Aogiri (the cursed little horned owl and offspring)?
This little piggy got massive: Meet Esther the 48 stone ‘micro-pig’! Ten times larger than predicted
Esther the Wonder Pig is an internet celebrity with 230,000 Facebook fans
Owners Derek and Steve, from Canada, were in 'denial’ about her real size
Eats exclusively vegan diet, munching £1,500 of grain and fruit a year
A couple who bought a micro-pig were stunned when their pint-sized family pet turned into a 670lb giant.
Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter from Ontario, Canada, adopted Esther thinking she would only grow to around 70lb, a respectable five stone.
But they were tricked and two-year-old Esther has not stopped growing.The two-year-old sow, who is toilet-trained, is now nearly ten times her expected size.
She eats £30 of vegan food each week, enjoying a diet of rolled oats, barley and corn as well as fresh fruit and vegetables like over ripe bananas and vegetable peelings.
She has become so big that the couple had to move into a farm to create enough room for her and their two dogs and a cat.
Steve, who works in the property industry, said: 'We lived in denial for a long-time. Friends would come over and say 'she’s getting bigger’ and Derek and I would say 'no she’s not’.
'But soon she was standing up to steal things off the kitchen counters, the couch became smaller, and of course there was the weight gain.
'We just adapted and loved her more. What else could we do? It wasn’t her fault and we would never give up a pet.'
Steve said: 'Since we moved to the farm she has decided she needs to be close to us and now sleeps beside our bed with her mattress on the floor.
'She still on occasion climbs up on to our bed for a nap during the day.’
Esther has now found fame on Facebook as Esther the Wonder Pig and has more than 230,000 friends who follow updates on their her exploits.
Derek and Steve post pictures and video of the pig and sell calendars, postcards and mugs featuring the pink porker.
Followers can watch her snoozing in a nest of stolen blankets, monopolising the sofa - as well as the dog bed - or sprawling across the living room floor leaving little room for anyone else.
The pair have now created another Facebook page, Esther’s Kitchen, to feature the vegan food they prepare for their rambunctious pet, including spinach lasagne and chocolate chip granola bites.
Speaking about Esther’s online popularity, Steve added: 'It is still surreal and absolutely mind-boggling.
'We started Esther’s page just as a way for immediate friends and family to stay in touch with us and Esther’s antics.
'But one of those friends shared Esther’s page on an animal-related website and the next thing we knew Esther’s page had 10,000 likes and it never stopped.
'Derek and I are Esther’s voice and some days it is really challenging to come up with new quips and I will sit there staring at a picture until something comes to me.
'Other days it’s as if I can read Esther’s thoughts and I swear she can convey them with her eyes and her smile.
'People’s reaction to meeting Esther still amazes us, it’s like they’re meeting a movie star or royalty.
'Even now people are amazed by her size and her awareness.
'It is as if she knows she is famous and that is her role, that she is changing the world’s view of her kind and their amazing abilities to think, feel and be loved.’
adoptpets: I have never seen such a happy pig. She is so photogenic! I just wish all pigs got to live the type of life that she lives.
God bless these people for not giving her up once she outgrew the size they were expecting, as happens all too often with these pet so-called “micro-pigs.” Having a pet/companion animal is a lifetime commitment; not to be given away just because the pet becomes an inconvenience.
Reportedly, Esther gave Derek & Steve the motivation to fulfill their wish of opening up a sanctuary, and since getting Esther they have also become vegan along with Esther.