Shortly after Rootie was born, a 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, lounge in his mud puddle, and root around the pasture looking for hidden treasures. He especially loves a good belly scratch from his visitors!
Howard's life looked very different just a few years ago before he came to live at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary. His poor diet led to major weight gain that caused serious health risks. His stomach rubbed on the ground, his hooves were severely overgrown, and fatty folds on his face began causing corneal abrasions which led us to believe that he could be blind.
He had been dumped at a backyard slaughter facility to be killed. Luckily a group of compassionate citizens learned of his plight and got him to safety. With a little love and a strict diet, Howard is now at a great weight, his hooves are trimmed up and his eyesight is in great shape. Now he gets to enjoy mud baths, pig naps and strolls around the barnyard pasture with the other rescued goats, pigs, sheep and miniature donkeys.
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 products from your life. • 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.
“"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."