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Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness.

- John Sterling

Minneapolis - This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, but Arnold, he became the crime-fighting pig of Clinton Avenue.

The 300-pound pet became a star attraction of the Minneapolis neighborhood after he saved his owner's bacon last February when two men accosted in her garage.

"I had left the side door open," his owner, Becky Moyer, said.  "Pretty soon I felt this thing in my back like a gun."  They went into the kitchen where Arnold was lying on the floor, and when Moyer began screaming, the pet pig sprang into action.  "He swung around and grabbed the guy right in the calf muscle."  The man yelled, "There's a [expletive] pig in here!" and they ran out, Moyer said.  Her other porcine pet, a 165-pound purebred Vietnamese pot belly named Axel, cowered under a chair.  "He was squealing as loud as I was," the 54-year-old remembered.

Police haven't arrested anyone in the incident, but it helped Arnold win an award from the Minneapolis police department, and made him a mascot in the crime-plagued Stevens Square neighborhood where Moyer lives.  "Everybody in the community knows him," she said.  "They bring him all kinds of treats."

She explained she received Arnold about a year ago, as a gift from a "romantic friend." He was only 10 pounds at the time, she noted.  Moyer says she still doesn't have an alarm system for her home, but feels safe with Arnold around.  And for those concerned about their own safety at home, she has some advice: "Buy a pig."

Source: Saturday 28 July 2001

Farmers Face Jail if Pigs Don't Get Toys

British farmers have 90 days to put a toy in every pigsty or face a 1,000 fine or three months in jail.  In a new EU ruling farmers have to supply an object to keep pigs happy and deter them from chewing each other.  The Times says the ruling becomes law in Britain next week.

Official instructions to farmers are to give pigs "environmental enrichment" by providing "manipulable material", which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs defined as balls. A spokesman said: "We mean footballs and basketballs.  Farmers may also need to change the balls so the pigs don't get tired with the same one.  These rules are based on good welfare.  We don't want to come across as the nanny state, but the important thing is to see pigs happy in their environment and they like to forage with their noses."  The Government is not ready to recommend specific toys, however, because they know of no firm manufacturing playthings for pigs.

Mark White, past president of the Pig Veterinary Society, said: "Pigs have a habit of chewing each other and they do it in all environments and especially go for pigs' tails and ears.  Animal welfarists have been arguing that we should not dock tails of pigs.  They think if we provide pigs with things to relieve their boredom then they will not chew each other."

Source: Wednesday 29 January 2003 Photo credit Associated Press

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