The Norman Transcript

Opinion

August 3, 2013

Help homeless pigs

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

On July 28th, 2013 the Transcript ran an article titled “Pigs are non-traditional pets.” In it a veterinary professor advocated that people wanting to adopt a pot-bellied pig visit a “responsible breeder.”

That’s a curious statement from someone in a field supposedly devoted to caring for animals. A thoughtful reader will realize that pigs, just like many other animals, often end up without a home or a family.

While there are not nearly enough of them, there are caring places that provide a place of refuge for these abandoned pigs. The closest one I know of is Serenity Springs Sanctuary and Animal Rescue near Denton, Texas.

Anyone wanting to adopt a pig into their family would be behaving much more responsibly if they provided a home to one of these abandoned beings instead of paying a breeder to bring more potentially unwanted pigs into the world.

When it comes to animals, the responsible behavior is adopt, don’t shop.

GLENN LANE

Norman

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