A pet Vietnamese potbelly pig, who was adopted from Canadian SPCA, was killed and eaten by its new owners, sparking outrage within the Vancouver Island animal-rights community.
Three-year-old Molly the pig first arrived at the Cowichan & District SPCA in British Columbia after being involved in a cruelty investigation. Workers at the animal safety nonprofit nursed the pig back to good health.
Then on January 19, a couple adopted Molly. However, nearly a month later, on February 16, it was discovered that the pet pig’s new owners had slaughtered and eaten her, reported Canadian media.
Brandee McKee, a resident of Vancouver Island and pig owner, discovered Molly’s sordid fate through friends and social media. She told Global News that the couple did not know how to look after her, so they ate her instead.
Molly’s owners Snapchatted photos and videos of themselves seasoning and preparing the meat, which led to the community discovering what they had done, according to McKee.
“Why wasn’t it returned, why didn’t they re-home it, why wasn’t there charges being pressed,” McKee said. “That’s the sickening part of it all, that they’re getting away with it. The pigs were placed there as pets to be adopted.”
Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA, told the Global News that animals are considered property under the law and though the branch employees are devastated over what happened to Molly, there’s nothing they can do.
“Once an adoption agreement is made, that person is the full legal owner of that animal, 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 new person has all legal rights to that animal,” she explained.
Chortyk added: “The reality is, it’s not illegal to kill your own animal 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.”
Chortyk confirmed that the man who signed Molly's adoption papers is now blacklisted on the BC SPCA database and will never been allowed to adopt an animal from the organization again.
The couple, who have not been named, reportedly promised the nonprofit that they weren't going to eat the pig before the adoption, a screening process that all people who adopt must go through.
“We got assurances but it’s not legally binding. We have no say unless there’s a case where animal cruelty laws are being violated then absolutely, we can intervene,” Chortyk said. “I’ve been here 17 years, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of this happening.”
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