Breeders Who Are Scammers

It is true that there are many scammers out in this world trying to make an extra dollar. Did you know that there are pig breeders who claim to have pigs that will stay under 25 pounds, but they know their claim is false? They do this to trick the potential buyer into purchasing a pig. Who wouldn’t want to buy something that will stay tiny forever?

Exactly! If it sounds too good to be true than it probably is.

There are 5 things you should know about what a breeder could do to trick someone into buying a “micro-mini” or “teacup pig.”

  1. Selling the Runts

The runts are smaller than the other piglets, which give the buyer an image that the pig will stay tiny.

Here is Rosie when she was 6 weeks old weighing 4 lbs
Here is Rosie when she was 6 weeks old weighing 4 lbs

Problem With This

People who buy the runts may think they will stay smaller than the rest of the pigs. But in reality they will grow just as big as the others or bigger. It usually takes them a little longer to reach their full weight (ref. 1). My pig Rosie was the runt, and now she is 60 pounds.

Here is Rosie two years later weighing 60 lbs
Here is Rosie two years later weighing 60 lbs
  1. Stunt the Pig’s Growth

Some breeders will underfeed the piglets to stunt their growth. This causes them to be smaller than they normally would be if they were fed correctly.

 Problem With This

Stunting a pig’s growth causes them to be malnourished and unhealthy. In other words, this is starving an animal just to make it smaller by slowing their growth rate.

Some of the owners are told if they feed their pig too much they will get bigger. This can cause the owner to starve the pig because they will not feed them the proper amount of food. This can cause the pig to have deficiencies, which will result in them to have brittle bones, abnormal stance, and dermatitis (ref. 2). This is an inhumane act, and it needs to be stopped.

  1. Inbreed the Pigs

When piggys are inbred, the piglets can be smaller than they normally should be.

 Problem With This

Just think about what would happen if humans were inbred. Most likely the child would have genetic deformities. This can also happen to pigs. Some piglets that come from inbred parents are born with squashed snouts. Pigs with squashed snouts normally have breathing problems (ref. 3).

  1. Breed Young Pigs

Pigs can begin to breed at 5 months old. They are still babies themselves! Some breeders will show a person what the piglet’s parents look like to guarantee that the piglet will stay small. Unfortunately, you will be tricked if you fall into this trap because it takes 2-3 years for a pig to be fully grown, not 5 months.

Problem With This

Pigs do not reach their full weight and height until 2-3 years. The pig buyer will not know the actual size of the parents since the pigs are not fully grown. This is false advertisement.

  1. Sell the Piglets Before They’re 6 Weeks Old

Piglets are smaller the younger they are. This tricks the buyer into believing their pig will continue to stay small.

Problem With This

This problem happened to me when I bought my pig Rosie. I didn’t know she was younger than 6 weeks old, and I couldn’t get her to eat solid food. Rosie was never weaned off her mother, and she did not know how to eat regular food. Piglets need to be weaned off of their mother so they can learn how to eat solid foods.

It can be complicated for a pig owner to get their piglet to eat solid food when they were not weaned off of their mother.

 It is disturbing that some breeders do these awful acts to pigs in order to make an extra dollar. Something needs to change because there are many issues that come along when pig buyers believe their new piglet will remain 25 pounds. Once the “mirco” pig begins to grow beyond 25 pounds, the owner will usually abandon it.

Not only do the pigs suffer, but they are often abandoned and sent to sanctuaries. This can cause the pig to become depressed, aggressive, and destructive because they lose their owner’s trust and want their attention (ref. 4). Once the pig reaches it’s full weight they begin to require more food. Sometimes the owner will not be able to afford the cost of food or will not like the size of their pig.

If the potential pig buyer were told upfront the truth they would not be shocked when their pig grows over 25 pounds. They would also be able to understand what it may cost to take care of these animals. This could help end the abandonment of innocent pigs that cannot help how big they grow.

What do you think? Is it wrong what some breeders do to make a profit?

 

References

  1. https://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk/articles/micropigs.aspx
  2. http://petpigs.com/resources/potbellied-pig-size/how-big-a-pig-will-i-be
  3. https://www.thedodo.com/whats-misleading-about-the-tea-843842300.html
  4. http://www.pigplacementnetwork.org/adopt/is-a-pig-right-for-you/
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