It was pig heaven, at least for a while.
A vegan activist paid about $40 to adopt a piglet — which she named Jixy Pixy — and save it from the slaughterhouse, then spent $500 on cab fare to bring him to her London apartment from a farm in Exeter, Devon.
“I can’t save them all but I thought I would save one,” Alicia Day, 31, a New York native, told the Telegraph. “Anything for my baby.”
Jixy Pixy enjoyed long weekend walks, restaurant meals and even hammed it up for the camera during shared baths with Day.
She even took Jixy Pixy on the Tube, London’s subway system, and walked him around Ealing Broadway on a leash.
“He is even easier to walk than a dog,” she said. “We would be at the shopping center in the open air and I would sit there, relax and have a cup of tea.”
But after about a week, her landlord caught wind of the porcine tenant and evicted the woman, who also has come under fire from animal welfare groups for showing a lack of judgment for bringing the pig home.
Although she does not regret her decision to adopt Jixy Pixy, she admitted she could not give him the care he needed.
Before giving Jixy Pixy up, she treated him to a farewell meal at Asian chain Wagamama.
“I thought I would let the pig have one more nice meal at Wagamama and we sat in the outdoor seating,” she said. “We shared the Tofu Pad Thai – he always bullies me into giving him half the food.”
The animal was taken by the RSPCA to be moved to a “suitable home” –- a sanctuary in Kent, according to the Telegraph.
Day, who is now living in a hotel and is being supported by her sister, said she plans to become a full-time animal rights campaigner.
“I am not going to buy more pigs because it will cause more problems with the RSPCA, which was not my intention,” she told the news outlet.
When she lived in Massachusetts, Day rescued a large Gloucestershire old spots pig from an auction – but authorities confiscated the animal because she didn’t have a license for it.
She admitted on social media a few weeks later to “impulse buying” a “sad and lonely” Tamworth piglet, which was promptly taken to an animal control facility.
She chronicled all three purchases on Instagram, in a pig-themed account called Mummy’s Little Porker.
Animal-rights groups warn against “saving” pigs from farms to keep them in homes.
“We would advise anyone thinking of keeping a pig to consider whether they have the time, resources, commitment, knowledge and facilities to care for them,” an RSPCA rep told the Telegraph.
“Pigs require lots of land and specialist facilities and the average life span is between five and 10 years, although some can live up to 25 years.”
Meanwhile, Day is convinced that she has managed to convince others to adopt her “cruelty-free” diet.
“People were asking me questions and taking pictures and phoning friends to say there is a pig in Ealing,” she said.
“That’s when I got the idea that maybe this will highlight that pigs are not just food,” she added. “Some people told me point blank they are becoming a vegetarian after meeting my pig.”
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