Keep Minnie & Betsy At Home Pot Bellied Pigs – Animal Facts
Imagine being ordered remove your beloved pet from your home and given no other reason than some vague ordinance that doesn’t recognize your family companion as a pet. For Tara & Brian Payne it’s more than just hypothetical. It’s a pet lover’s worst nightmare come true.
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Minnie and Betsy are family pets who have lived peacefully with the Payne family for over two and a half years.
The two are loving pets and live inside the home as any family member does. They are both spayed and up to date on all vaccinations. They are litter box trained and only go outside for short periods to get fresh air, exercise, and a little sunshine. They don’t bother anyone and pose no kind of a nuisance. But, they aren’t cats or dogs. They are potbellied pigs.
By all accounts, the Paynes are responsible pet owners. But, due to being reported on a vague ordinance previously unknown to the Payne family, the City of Effingham in Illinois has ordered them to be removed from the Payne family home in a short 30 days.
According to the Payne’s, they were not given sufficient notice of the so-called infraction, nor were they apprised of what the actual violation was.
Generously, The Humane Society of the United States offered their assistance by drafting an ordinance that allowed responsible potbellied pig ownership within the city.
Other Illinois cities have adopted similar legislation to differentiate these common pets from livestock and keep them together with their families. Instead of following the Humane Society’s lead, however, the city ordered the pets out of their home.
Tara & Brian own their home. And understandably, they are completely distraught about losing their beloved pets or having to pack up their entire life and move because the city considers their pets as “livestock.”
Although some people would never consider sharing their home with a pig, there are many people like the Paynes who are charmed by the intelligence and the personality of their pet pot-bellied pigs.
Potbellied pigs are quite trainable, much the same as a dog (they can be house trained, leash trained, and will learn a few tricks). They are curious and playful, and sensitive.
And, they grieve and suffer greatly when separated from their homes and families.
What can you do?
We ask you to please sign a petition on changes.org to ask Mayor Jeff T. Bloemke and Effingham city council to allow Minnie & Betsy at home with their family by adopting an ordinance that allows responsible ownership of potbellied pigs. As of this recording, the causes.org petition had 122,000 signatures but would like to get to 150,000. Let’s help them out. There’s a link to the Petition and their Facebook page in the description of this video.
Did you know there is a variety of potbellied pig called Dandie Extremes that only grow to about 12 to 29 pounds?
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