Rootie: Shortly after Rootie was born, the farmer was going to have him killed because he was the runt of the litter. A woman visiting the farm heard about the tiny piglet's fate and convinced the farmer to let her take the piglet home. As Rootie began to grow, the woman knew she could no longer care for him so she contacted CAPE. Now in his senior years, Rootie is the undisputed “boss” of the barnyard pasture. When treats are brought into the pasture, Rootie grunts at everyone to step aside. Rootie loves to arrange the hay in his stall in the barn, loll in his mud puddle, and root around the pasture looking for hidden treasures.
Howard: Howard came to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary thanks to several caring folks who helped rescue him. He had been taken to a facility where he was scheduled for slaughter. Howard was severely obese and thought to be blind. He had gained so much weight, that the fatty folds over his eyes caused corneal abrasions. To add to his discomfort, Howard's hooves were severely overgrown which made it difficult for him to walk. Under the care of CAPE's veterinarian and staff, Howard has transformed. With nutritious food and portion control, he is now at a healthy weight. He has his hooves and tusks trimmed regularly and his eyes have healed from the abrasions.
Why does CAPE rescue pigs? • In the United States food industry, over 120 million pigs are raised and killed each year for human consumption. • Female pigs are impregnated and kept in crates so small they cannot turn around. • Most piglets are killed at only six months of age. • On their journey to slaughter, they are trucked long distances without food, water, or protection from searing heat and freezing cold weather conditions. What can you do to help end their suffering? • You can help by committing to a plant-based diet and removing all animal- based food products from your plate. • Help educate others that pigs are sentient beings and deserve to be free from suffering. • Well-meaning people buy cute “mini” piglets or adopt young pigs only to find they are unable to care for them. Animal shelters have become inundated with surrendered pigs, many of whom are euthanized. Interesting facts about pigs: • Pigs are smart, clean, and peace-loving. They rarely show aggression unless they are threatened. • Pigs are incredibly curious, and insightful. • A pig’s snout is very sensitive and is used to find food and sense the world around them. • Pigs like to keep their sleeping area clean. • Pigs enjoy mud baths to cool off as they don’t have the ability to sweat. • Pigs like to snuggle with one another while sleeping.
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace." ~Dr. Albert Schweitzer