We Pigs News for 06-04-2018

Camp Skipping Pig

Camp Skipping Pig is a privately owned sanctuary/rescue for unwanted pet pigs. Every pig has a story and some will be shared with you on this site. Some of our rescued pig photos may be disturbing to view, but they paint an honest picture of what happens when the wrong people own or breed pigs for pets. Find a vet BEFORE getting a pig and know that you can afford its medical care. Don’t get a pig on an impulse! 

And don’t ever buy from a breeder who doesn’t inquire as to your ability to care for, house, and provide a permanent home for the pig, or one who says it will be a small size OR one who says you must use their feed and/or sign a contract that the pig will not exceed certain weights at certain ages. As much as I adore my potbellied friends, they are terribly over-bred, inbred, misrepresented by breeders who give them tantalizing names that mean nothing, They are misused and abused, misunderstood, and too readily available as an impulse purchase for ill prepared people who think they should have a pet pig. Be honest with yourself about your ability to house and care for a pet pig before. You make the commitment, because re-homing an adult pig is extremely difficult, if not impossible. If you do decide you MUST have a pet pig please be sure to adopt one from a shelter or rescue and do not support the many breeders who are in it for the money, not the love of the pigs. 

If you can manage two and are determined to buy a baby, please think about at least adopting a companion pig from a sanctuary. Don’t find out too late for yourself and the pig that it’s not a good match for you! On another note, if your pig is coming from out of state that all required paperwork and blood testing have been done. Ask your veterinarian to contact your state vet and GET IN WRITING the requirements for bringing in a pig from out of state. 

Keywords: [“Pig”,”pet”,”breed”]
Source: http://skippingkunekunes.com

Polluting Pigs Hit Again Over Air Emissions in Iowa

Imagine settling into an idyllic country locale only to have a polluting pig CAFO move in next door. Living near a CAFO can be like being held prisoner in your home, unable to go outside because the air has been tainted. In one of the latest cases, Iowa residents are suing the Iowa Department of Natural Resources over noxious air emissions being released by local CAFOs. In December 2017, four residents of northeast Iowa petitioned the state’s DNR, asking them to regulate emissions from CAFOs. While Iowa code requires CAFOs to retain its manure prior to disposal, the petition noted that the CAFOs are venting manure-laden air into the surrounding environment 24/7:1. 

The petition cited research by Jillian Fry of Johns Hopkins University, which noted the health and environmental risks posed by CAFOs and the inability of state agencies to address the related public health concerns. The next step for the residents was to file a lawsuit asking for regulation of the emissions, in particular because the area is now home to CAFOs raising some 25,000 pigs all within 5 miles of an elementary school. If left as is, the resulting fumes would kill the animals, so the CAFOs use fans to blow the toxic air out of the building – and into the surrounding communities. While Iowa regulates CAFO manure in liquid form, this doesn’t cover the manure particles found in CAFO air emissions, which aren’t regulated. For children, living near the state’s many CAFOs can pose serious health consequences. 

She’s right to be concerned, as a number of studies have looked into the effects of CAFO air emissions on schools and children’s health, with disturbing findings. The simplest solution to the complex problems created by CAFOs is to turn away from the CAFO model entirely and toward the much more sustainable, humane and healthier grass fed model. 

Keywords: [“CAFO”,”health”,”pig”]
Source: http://aliceshealthyorganicchoice.com/polluting-pigs-hit-again-over-air…

Guinea Pig Welfare » Working With Your Vet

Alison Twitchen then became Clinical Manager, and agreed that a Piggy PM specifically aimed at raising guinea pig care awareness would be beneficial to the community, Reading Guinea Pig Rescue, and of course, the practice. As a practice that sees a lot of guinea pigs, it made sense for Active Vetcare to want to promote that. Hannah Hetreed arrived in 2007, fresh out of Vet School and is very good with guineas thanks to training from Jenny. Guinea Pig Welfare has some questions you can ask before signing your guinea pig over for the operation. Diet in guinea pigs is a particular interest of Karen’s. 

Fresh food is not the major part of a guinea pig’s diet but it can have a major impact if fed incorrectly Karen did a survey of nationwide guinea pig diets before compiling Ratewatchers to find out if diet was possibly the problem. Every single guinea pig that took part was on an unbalanced diet. Chrissie: having worked closely with our Vets at Tilehurst Veterinary Centre for the past 8 years, you can see some of the excellent results that we’ve had – all thanks to their willingness to try new things and apply their knowledege of cats and dogs to guinea pigs. The majority of drugs used for guinea pig are available in tablet, liquid or spot-on form. For me, running a guinea pig rescue is much more than about finding guinea pigs new homes. 

Piggy PMs have come into their own and are promoting good guinea pig competent Veterinary care. More recently The Hay Experts have been present, they are very like minded when it comes to guinea pig care and simply don’t stock anything that is guinea pig unfriendly ????. I like that we have no agenda with this, no pressure on anyone, and therefore no disappointment. 

Keywords: [“guinea”,”Vet”,”pig”]
Source: http://www.guineapigwelfare.org.uk/guinea-pig-care/health/working-with…

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