Molly the pig, who had been adopted to a family for a pet by the BC SPCA, has been killed and turned into the morning bacon and dinner pork chops. Social outrage continued to escalate throughout Vancouver Island after the sad news was announced.
The BC SPCA of Cowichan and District branch had welcomed Molly after she had been rescued from a cruelty investigation. The pot bellied pig had been carefully nursed back to health by volunteers from the organization and adopted out to a family on January 19. Less than one month later, came the disturbing news that Molly had been killed and eaten. According to Global News, it was Brandee McKee who discovered what had happened to Molly.
Brandee stated the new owners didn’t know how to properly care for Molly, and instead of notifying the rescue organization, decided to slaughter the pig for food. Brandee, as well as social media followers and animal advocates are outraged that no charges have been brought against Molly’s adopters. Unfortunately, it seems the law isn’t on the side of the animals. General manager of community relations for the BC SPCA, Lorie Chortyk, had this to report:
“Because animals are considered property under the law, once an adoption agreement is made, that person is the full legal owner of that animals, 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.”
“The reality is, it’s not illegal to kill your own animals in Canada. Someone can take a gun and shoot their dog in the head and as long as the dog dies instantly, unfortunately there’s no law against that.”
An investigation as to Molly’s death indicates she was killed humanely, however Brandee and other animal advocates found the owners disgusting as they posted photos and videos of them seasoning the meat and preparing Molly to be eaten.
When questioned about the adoption agreement, the BC SPCA staff assured supporters they would never have adopted the pig out if they knew the owners had intended to eat Molly. The adopters had even put in writing they would never use the animal for food. Unfortunately representatives from the rescue said the assurances are not legally binding.
Potbelly pigs are not meant to be eaten for their meat as their diets are different. In addition, the pigs, meant to be raised as pets, have had a variety of vaccinations. The people who adopted Molly have since been placed on a database as never being allowed to adopt any animal from them ever again.
We’re sorry Molly that humans let you down. How sad.
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