After being rescued from the aspect of the interstate by animal rights activists, George has found a brand new residence with the Iowa Farm Sanctuary.
George, an Iowa-grown pig, is probably the most unlikely of Instagram stars.
He was being trucked to a slaughterhouse on a cold night time in January when he and two others escaped and have been discovered unfastened close to the Grand Avenue exit off Interstate 35 in West Des Moines.
Hailey Dixon, a board member of the volunteer-run, Des Moines-based mostly animal rights and environmental schooling group VegLife, acknowledged the hazard the pigs have been in and acted shortly to stop them from being struck by passing automobiles.
George, a pig rescued after falling off a livestock service, on January 15, 2019, the night time of his rescue. (Photograph: Courtesy of Hailey Dixon)
She put in a name to VegLife president Amy Luebbert, who she knew had contacts that would assist. She also referred to as for assist from fellow activists Ace and Pleasure Wilde.
Their aim: Corral the animals and place them on the Iowa Farm Sanctuary, the upstart Shangri La for rescued farm animals that touts itself as Iowa’s only vegan farm animal sanctuary.
Without the Iowa County farm’s existence, there may not have been any viable place to take the wayward pigs even if they were rescued, sanctuary leaders say.
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If they’re too injured to walk out onto the killing room floor, livestock are usually considered valueless and it’s not common for the companies that insure livestock to pay for the vetting required to evaluate their health after an injury, according to the Iowa Farm Sanctuary. The easiest and most common thing to do is to simply put them down.
George was injured and cold after the escape. After negotiating with livestock insurance agents at the scene, the activists took custody of him and had him treated at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s large animal hospital.
George lies in the bed of a pickup truck with animal rights activist Hailey Dixon on Jan. 15, 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of Hailey Dixon)
The other two pigs, both severely injured, were put down on the scene at the advice of a veterinarian.
George’s rescuers say it’s common for piglets to squeeze out of livestock carriers — the Iowa Farm Sanctuary has rescued several — but it’s fairly rare for a full-grown pig to escape.
Shawn Kemp, daily manager of the Iowa Farm Sanctuary’s day-to-day maintenance, bears a striking similarity in her actions to Charlotte, the magic “Charlotte’s Web” spider who weaves messages in her web to save Wilbur, a pig marked for slaughter.
Through the farm and its social channels, Kemp has been able to build and cultivate a web of messaging that livestock are sentient and emotional animals undeserving of slaughter and share it with the farm’s many like-minded followers — over 14,000 on Facebook and nearly 17,000 on Instagram.