Canadians everywhere are outraged after a newly adopted pet pig was killed and eaten by its owners.
Molly was a three-year-old Vietnamese potbelly pig who arrived at the BC SPCA after being saved during a cruelty investigation. She was nursed back to health by staff and was later adopted by a Vancouver Island couple on Jan. 19.
Almost a month later on Feb 16., locals discovered Molly had been killed and eaten. Brandee McKee, an acquaintance of the owners and also a pet pig owner, says the couple did not know how to take care of Molly properly and eventually decided to send her to the slaughter for food.
The owners are currently not facing charges. The BC SPCA says that since animals are considered property by law, the owners who adopt them are given the full legal rights to that animal, whether it’s a dog, cat or pig.
“The reality is, it’s not illegal to kill your own animal in Canada,” adds the BC SCPA “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.”
Investigators were sent to the property to determine whether Molly was killed in a humane manner. Since they concluded that her killing was indeed carried out humanely and that she didn’t suffer, no charges were given to the owners.
What’s even harder to stomach is that the owners made a social media opportunity after Molly’s killing. They posted photos of themselves seasoning the meat and preparing to eat it on Snapchat, causing an outrage online.
The thing about pet pigs is that they are bred to be pets, unlike livestock which are given different foods and supplements to prepare them for slaughter. The BC SPCA says they would never have given away Molly for adoption if they knew that the owner would kill her and eat her.
While the BC SPCA is looking to revise its policies to include stricter guidelines for adoption counselling, people are pushing for Canada to change its animal laws altogether. They did receive verbal assurance from the owners that the Molly would not be used for food, but those are not legally binding whatsoever.
The man who adopted Molly has been included in the BC SPCA’s database and will never be able to adopt another animal for the rest of his life.