Target: Kevin Shea, Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Goal: Stop the mistreatment of pigs by banning the sale of teacup pigs as family pets.
Pigs are not suited to live within the limitations of the average American household. They can become ill and even hostile when their needs are not met. This leads to the pigs being abandoned or turned over to shelters when the family can no longer handle them. These animals deserve better. Urge the USDA to ban the sale of teacup pigs as family pets.
Teacup pigs are bred to meet the aesthetic expectations of buyers. Breeders inbreed their pigs in an attempt to achieve smaller-sized piglets. This results in birth defects such as squished snouts, which cause breathing problems for the animal. Breeders also recommend that pigs be underfed or given poor quality food to keep their weight down.
Even then, size cannot be guaranteed. Potbellied pigs do not reach full adulthood until the age of five and can grow up to 300 pounds. This can cause a problem for families living in small homes. Pigs do not adapt well to confined spaces. They require room to move and also benefit from the company of other pigs. Without the proper stimulation and exercise they can become angry and depressed. Pigs are also territorial and will defend their space if challenged.
For these reasons, many pigs end up being surrendered to shelters, farms, and even left on the side of the road to die when they become too much for the buyer to handle. By signing below, you will encourage the USDA to restrict sales of pigs as pets and give this animal a chance at a better life.
Dear Mr. Shea,
Within the last two years, there have been a growing number of teacup pigs abandoned or killed throughout the country. This can be attributed to the recent popularity of teacup pigs as household pets.
Pigs can reach up to 300 pounds in adulthood. They require a spacious outdoor environment to grow and thrive. The average American home is not equipped to handle a pig at full size and temperament. Breeders resort to unhealthy tactics such as inbreeding and underfeeding to produce pigs that fit into the “teacup pig” image. This is unhealthy for the animal and can cause physical and emotional problems. It also misinforms the buyer. This leads to pigs being surrendered or abandoned due to their size, temperament, and emotional needs.
Please take action and prohibit the sale of pigs for domestic purposes. Pigs are intelligent animals. They don’t deserve to be starved in order to fit the public’s unrealistic expectations.
[Your name here]
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