End Starvation and Abandonment of Teacup Pigs

Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of U.S. Department of Agriculture

Goal: Ban breeding and marketing practices that cause suffering and death of countless teacup pigs.

A pig who was once the pet of social media influencer Logan Paul was discovered in dire condition by a California animal rescue organization. The group posted that the pig, named Pearl, “came to us with tattered ears and a potentially life-threatening infection in her uterus that has since been healed. She’s clearly been through so much trauma that we can’t begin to imagine.” Another deceased pig was found alongside Pearl. Paul claims he had rehomed the animal before she was found abandoned, but the tragedy highlights an increasingly dangerous trend.

Pearl is a so-called teacup pig: a potbellied pig bred and marketed for her small size. Individuals who take in these animals are often falsely led to believe that they will maintain their tiny stature. Supposedly cute photos and videos feed this belief. When the pigs grow to their normal size, however, caretakers are overwhelmed, leading to the type of horrific incident that nearly cost Pearl her life. Worse yet, breeders routinely utilize inhumane practices like malnourishment and inbreeding to stunt the growth of these animals. As a result, the lifespan of teacup pigs on average is half the lifespan of a typical pig.

Sign the petition below to demand the Department of Agriculture crack down on these cruel and deadly breeding practices.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Vilsack,

The discovery of a badly hurt and suffering teacup pig recently attracted national attention because of the pig’s association with a well-known social media personality. But Pearl’s plight is representative of an all-too-commonplace reality for these exploited animals. Tragically, many are never saved from their lifetime of misery and suffering.

The lives of teacup pigs often end at abandonment and death, but they begin with inhumane breeding and neglectful care. Behind the “cuteness” is a legacy of starvation, inbreeding, and social isolation for these highly social animals. Please be an advocate for these vulnerable living beings.

Work for a ban on the breeding and heinous marketing of this animal cruelty.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jiri Mikolas


77 Comments

  1. Logan Paul is a lying POS.STOP SELLING THEM.

  2. Pigs are as smart as dogs. Please stop mistreating innocent creatures of God.

  3. NMAME THE INFLUENCER!!!!!! ALLL OVER THE PLACE!!!!!

  4. Yet billions of pigs are violently violated and butchered yearly, globally, for “bacon” and other products. How people can be so offended by the abuse of one while literally eating others, is bizarre and textbook cognitive dissonance. If you want to protect animals, you start with yourself and limit their suffering as much as possible, beginning with veganism. Oh, and merely 1% of animals exploited for food in the USA are produced on “small farms” the others are mass manufactured on FFs, CAFOs, ILOs, and even the 1% are violently killed after brief existences of violation.

    • Agree so much. And have been vegetarian 7 years and try hard to be vegan. This post is about doing what you can. Help bring this to light and the light shines on all the abused animals out there.

    • yet these pigs are being bred for entertainment and you are not helping with this post even though you think you are.
      no matter what this is truly disgusting along with the abuse of animal farming
      this is a different issue they are being bred for rich people to throw away stay on track ffs

      • I’m unhelpful because I don’t agree with any animal abuse? Yet the fact that you felt it necessary to respond to me IS helpful?

        Antivegans are always so transparent. All animal abuse is related, you cannot participate in “acceptable” animal abuse, such as eating animals, while being opposed to “unacceptable” animal abuse and believe your actions are meaningful because they are not.

    • I’m offended by it all. I’m offended by any factory farming and any abusive animals etc etc. There’s only so much I can do and this is what I try to do. Not all of us are hypocrites

      • I’m offended by it all. I’m offended by any factory farming and any abusive of animals, children, etc etc. There’s only so much I can do and this is what I try to do. Not all of us are hypocrites

        • That is supposed to be I’m offended by any abuse of animals or children. I cannot edit it.

        • Exactly Debra all of it is atrocious and realistically animals do not get out of keeping humans alive they end up dying for us period.
          The cruelty and waste is the actual issue at hand here.
          these posts are self serving and self rigteous

      • Are you suggesting I’m a hypocrite because I don’t consume, wear, or use products tested on animals? How does that work? Are you saying you’re not a hypocrite because you only care about “worthy” animals while eating the “unworthy” ones? It’s interesting how often nonvegans globally proclaim how much they’re opposed to factory farming, yet with such opposition, you’d think factory farms wouldn’t exist, but they do and produce 99% of all animals eaten. Empty virtue signaling?

        • Yes you are. You are still harming animals
          Veganism does not eliminate the suffering and death of other animals but it is the best option to dramatically reduce it. you are still killing animals and virtue signalling you said it

    • you also do not address the animals that are being killed in the production of vegetables who is the hypocrites really. Animals wildlife killed in the production of your vegan lifestyle so please be quiet it really does not help

      • As I suspected, Maggie, you’re an antivegan. Animals are not required to violently die for crop production, they do because nonvegans harvest crops. And upwards of 1 million native animals are killed yearly in just the USA to “protect” animals who are produced for food, ie., who will be violently slaughtered regardless. Both of these facts are from the USDA. If you think I’m a hypocrite for limiting animal suffering as much as a human possibly can, what does that make you for engaging in it? It’s interesting that you continue to tell me that I’m “not helping” when I ask that humans limit animal suffering. Which makes me wonder if you think you are “helping” by ignoring animals who suffer relentlessly?

        • No not anti vegan you are on here being disingenious. Vegans are hypocrital. so you are ok with wildlife being killed in the production of vegetables for your lifestyle.
          you obviiously did not read what I had written. I abhore cruelty but you are a total hypocrite picking and choosing what animals should be killed while producing vegetables. Animals are being killed and no you are not helping with this issue that needs signatures. It is a different issue ffs

        • and you ignore animals killed in the production of vegetables you hypocrite

          • Okay, antivegan carnivore Maggie, my facts are supported by the USDA, you ignore the facts because you cannot address them so rely instead on labeling vegans as “hypocrites” so you can feel ok about ignoring incalculable animal abuse. I know this because you don’t honestly believe that consuming animals protects animals from suffering and violent death, that’s just utter nonsense. As a vegan opposed to all animal suffering, I limit it as much as a human can while you focus on me as the “bad guy” instead of what actions YOU can take to limit animal suffering as well.

        • I ignore nothing this article was about pigs being bred for rich people and thrown away and i have signed and I abhore it. but carry on with your self righteous bs

          • That was debunked, it’s a common argument from the antivegan brigade. Again,a animal suffering would be limited if vegans harvested crops. Pretend you care about the animals killed during crop production but not the ones killed in slaughterhouses.

        • Vegan animal advocate says:

          Why don’t you take all your vengeful energy and actually drum up a group to confront big ag or the usual or some other power that promotes and pimps livestock for human consumption (and ACTUALLY try to accomplish a shut down of this heinous act) instead of bullying people who GENUINELY CARE ABOUT THE ABUSE/NEGLECT OF ALL ANIMALS, INCLUDING THIS TEACUP PIG??? All you have ACCOMPLISHED is infighting. That’s what the animal haters/abusers/neglectors/pimps want…us to divide each other.

          • You honestly refer to me as “vengeful” while writing that, Maggie? And then you think deceptively putting “vegan” in your name supports your position? It’s not a difficult concept to grasp: If people cared about animals, they wouldn’t eat or use them; with respect to animals, what is more humane than NOT eating or using them?

        • You are an idiot

    • Also vegans use palm oil in a lot of their products which destroys vegetation and kills the home and forests of Orangutans so you tell me how is that helping animals?

      • I don’t use palm oil, do you?

        • You use it in your vegan products

        • palm oil is in everything soy milk etc

        • so you are ok with animals dying so you can eat vegetables gotcha.
          and you are on here with your pretence did you sign this petition or is it beneath you
          I signed because i care about the issue
          YOU ARE THE ABUSER DRESSED UP AS PRETEND CARER FOR ANIMAL TO SUIT YOUR TRENDY LIFESTYLE YOU ARE THE ABUSER ON HERE
          NOT HELPFUL YOU ARE A DISGRACE. None of your business what I eat dear.
          you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Vegans are sick and do not care about animals in the wild but carry on

      • and you are ignoring animals being killed in the production of crops its very hypocritical to say the least. and for the record I am against factory farming

        • and also this issue was not debunked shame on you thoroughly disgusting. You use vegan as a lifestyle and to be self righteous. factory farming should not be allowed. but for you to come on this forum with your vegan nonsense is absolutely atrocious.

        • So you’re only offended by palm oil when trying to engage with vegans? Your use of palm oil isn’t bad? My plant-based food and products have no palm oil, but pretend you’re offended by palm oil while still using it.
          lol, antivegans are always such transparent liars. You don’t even know what a cruelty-free/vegan product is, your life is based on maximum animal suffering and deceit, you’re literally trying to condemn veganism rather than ask what you can do to help animals. And the largest consumer segment of plant-based foods are not vegans. And you’re not opposed to factory farming, you literally buy animals who suffered on them all the time. You also keep typing the same argument about crop casualties and disregarding faccts, while ignoring that you have the ability to NOT EAT ANIMALS who were ALL abused. Goodbye, abuser.

          • You are an abuser also. pretending to care about animals its hypocrisy. but you are ok eating vegetables with wildlife being killed you are the abuser. You are totally ignorant to the facts.

          • so you are ok with animals dying so you can eat vegetables gotcha.
            and you are on here with your pretence did you sign this petition or is it beneath you
            I signed because i care about the issue
            YOU ARE THE ABUSER DRESSED UP AS PRETEND CARER FOR ANIMAL TO SUIT YOUR TRENDY LIFESTYLE YOU ARE THE ABUSER ON HERE
            NOT HELPFUL YOU ARE A DISGRACE. None of your business what I eat dear.
            you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Vegans are sick and do not care about animals in the wild but carry on with your nonsense

          • Vegan animal advocate says:

            YOURE A BONIFIDE NUTJOB

    • i am not an animal abuser nice try from a vegan. I am not against hunting if you eat it. I am against factory farming.
      but you eat products with palm oil that kill orangutans stop with the hypocrisy

    • Do not respond.
      No response needed.
      Do not reply.
      No reply.
      You have my ultimate love and admiration
      I aspire to b you.
      Until then, I will fight and b an activist for “the companions: dogs, cats, and the innocents of the like.”
      I will advocate and act for the farm animals; until all sentients are honored, protected and respected. Love people as they ‘we’ are the ones, their voice to help the most cherished animals.They r all equal but we must and have to prioritize to win the huge enormous unending battle.
      Donate, Sign and educate 4 Koreandogs.org
      They (for example) need u more then personal piousness and personal ego self serving opinionism.

      • Julia Edinger says:

        Perfectly said !! ppl don’t realize how many posted articles about organization claim they protect BUT some actually don’t …… so all we can really do is sign sign sign praying it will help stop animal abuse…..

    • Mariska Meszaros says:

      Totally agree! The hypocrisy is astounding!

  5. Nothing will happen to Logan Paul. Nothing ever does to these people. Rehomed her my sweet petuty. But I hope this petition helps other little pigs from becoming abandoned and abused.

  6. First of all there is no such thing as a teacup pig. People starve their pigs to make them look like that size? It is reprehensible it is also reprehensible that they are starved and abandoned. These people need to pay for this and I think it deserves capital punishment like I think any animal abuser deserves.

  7. Jodie Morrison says:

    Stop the tourture

  8. Debra Broach says:

    Breeders no longer care about the quality of life of animals. Their concern, compassion and empathy has just gone out the window and has been replaced by greed!!!!! Put these damn losers out of business once and for all. Outlaw breeding until the abundance of stray. Homeless and sheltered animals have gone down. For the abusers, lock them up with a stipulation, never to be able to have another animal when they get out. However. wont hold my breathe on the laws doing any of this. They will continue to allow the problem.

  9. I do believe that the Department of Agriculture should get involved and crack down on these cruel and deadly breeding practices.

  10. Brenda Collins says:

    Please stop the horrific abuse of these innocent little pigs!

  11. All this does is confirm and reinforce what I already know: humans are the most dangerous and destructive animals on this planet. Anyone who watch and support these “influencer” pieces of shit is part of the problem. If we ALL start holding them accountable, they will start to go away. But there are too many simple-minded morons who are easily brain-washed so that will not happen sadly.

  12. Maria Lavorato says:

    Seriously INFLUENCER WTF! Listen to your own heart and mind! One who influences should inspire for better. Abandoning a defenceless innocent baby in a field does not inspire. IT IS ANIMAL CRUELTY SO THERE SHOULD BE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES!!!!!!!

    As well there should be a crackdown on breeding practices that are enforced everywhere!

    No one should be putting animal body parts on their plates…in their mouth….simple as that. No animals should be a product for use!

  13. LOGAN PAUL IS A LYING SACK OF SHYTE. DONT BUY ITS LIES FOLKS!!!

  14. Joseph Kenosky says:

    These animals need to be loved and cared for!!!!

  15. Stacey And Maggie, Please STOP! Maggie stop calling Vegans self-righteous. You don’t know WTH you’re talking about. Stacey said she doesn’t eat palm oil but you keep insisting she does. Every vegan I know eats the way they do to hopefully limit the suffering of animals. How is that self-righteous?. What are you doing to make a difference? You know nothing about true vegans, their dedication to abstain from eating anything that in anyway will harm an animal or any living creature for that matter. We do our best to adhere to this diet even making sure we don’t eat honey or sugar that goes through the bone char process. I don’t even eat sugar at all. Stop abusing vegans for their love and concern for tortured animals. Stop challenging our genuine efforts to the limit their suffering. You should try veganism yourself. It may soften your combative nature.

  16. Correction on 2nd to the last sentence of my previous comment:
    “Stop challenging our genuine efforts to limit their suffering.”

  17. It looks like there is war raging between Maggie and Stacey. I believe it is not about our believe or our food choice. It is about innocent animals protection.
    I don’t understand why is it permitted by law that people can bread those exotic unnatural animals that people with too much money can buy and when they discover those animals are not ‘magical’ just dispose of them like garbage.

  18. Jane Todaro says:

    Whoever did this should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and never allowed near an animal ever again!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. STOP ALL ANIMAL CRUELTY TOWARDS THESE ADORABLE AND INNOCENT TEACUP PIGS AS WELL AS ALL OTHER ANIMALS TOO IMMEDIATELY!!!!

  20. Julia Edinger says:

    MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! MUST STOP BREEDING OF ALL PIG’S,DOG’S,CAT’S AND ALL OTHER SPECIES,,,,PERIOD!!! THERE IS SOO MUCH NEGLECT AND SUFFERING FROM EVIL HUMAN HANDS…..SHOULD BE LAW’S WITH HUGE FINES WHEN THOSE BEING’S ARE LOCATED AND REWARD FOR CARING HUMANS WHO REPORT ABUSE/NEGLECT ETC……

    • Julia Edinger says:

      ***** JAIL WOULD BE THEIR PUNISHMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE SPENDING DAYS PICKING UP LITTER/TRASH FOR THAT CRIME ALSO LIST THEM AS A CRIMINAL….

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