Okay, I LOVE pigs.
Really, I love them so, so much - this story just hurts my heart.
Molly, the potbelly pig, has become internet famous around the world for all the wrong reasons.
Molly was adopted from the BC SPCA in January, to be killed and eaten by her owners less than a month after.
The owners of the slaughtered and eaten pig have now come forward to explain themselves.
One of the owners, who goes by Austin Manson Forget on Facebook, for whatever reason, started his post by saying he'd like to apologize.
Molly, who came to the BC SPCA was nursed back to health and adopted Jan 19.
She was killed on Feb. 16.
On Facebook, Austin pleas his reasoning for killing, and eating Molly.
“I promise that I did not adopt Molly with the intention of killing her, it was only when she became aggressive with my partners dog and had tried breaking through our glass door that I made the decision to have her put down. I understand and invite people to have their own opinions on the matter, but please understand that I am still human. I realize that what I did was wrong, and I cannot fix it, I can only continue to apologize.”
Well, this is all fine - but many users on social media claimed that some of Austin's posts were of him laughing about the fact that he just shot and killed Molly the potbelly pig.
If he "made the decision to have her put down", why did he need to do it himself, post about it, and then cook and eat her? Something here does not add up and just seems truly disgusting.
He even went on to post images and videos of himself seasoning the pet pig before cooking her. Does this sound like the actions of someone who is "sorry" for his actions? I think not.
Brandee McKee, who lives on Vancouver Island and also owns a pet pig, discovered what happened to Molly through friends and word spreading online.
“Had this been a cat or a dog, there probably would have been charges,” McKee to Global.
McKee also noted that potbelly pig meat is not meant to be consumed by humans. They are pets. Not livestock.
This was Molly before she went to what was thought to be a forever home.
The BC SPCA had this sentiment to add to McKee's statements.
“Because animals are considered property under the law, once an adoption agreement is made, that person is the full legal owner of that animal, whether it’s a dog, or a cat, or a pig or whatever so the minute the adoption is signed we lose all legal rights to that animal,” - Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA.
Austin claims that since Molly's story made headlines, he and his partner have faced online harrassments and death threats. Not too surprising.
“If I could pay a fine to make people feel better I would, and I feel like the fact that I was not charged is where a lot of the anger is coming from,” he said.
“I have owned animals throughout my entire life and I have never considered taking any of my pets’ lives, they have all lived healthy and happy lives. I am a huge advocate for standing up against animal abuse. If I could do more, I would, however I am a young adult and I feel that I’m trying to the best of my ability to right my wrongs.”
Austin finishes his post by saying “I am sorry for all of this.”
I'm sure this story is pretty polarizing, but for myself I think the actions taken by these pet owners is appauling.
I understand opposing views and why some may find this type of behavior alright... but the fact of the matter here is that this was a rescue pet. Not livestock.
If this was a dog or cat, the response would be vastly different, which speaks volumes to our laws and regulations surrounding treatment of our animal friends.
The BC SPCA says that they are heart-broken about this, but sadly cannot do anything as the actions taken were not against the law.
They have, however, confirmed that Austin's name has been added to a blacklist banning him from ever adopting another animal from the SPCA. A small victory.
It's time that we re-evaluate our country's laws regarding care for pets.