“If not adopted, the pigs will be slaughtered”

The pigs found in Mellieha will be slaughtered if not adopted by 4th September, said a spokesperson for Animal Liberation Malta, after contacting a vet from the abattoir.

This was what Newsbook.com.mt was told, as the spokesperson explained that they contacted the abattoir after Noah’s Arc offered to foster the pigs. She explained that activists were prepared to go every day to Noah’s Arc to feed and clean up after the pigs.

However, the vet from the abattoir explained that the pigs must be kept where they were found, as only their owner is responsible for what happens to them.

Anyone who wishes to adopt a pig may contact the vet via email and fill in an application. Inspections are undergone so as to determine that the place is fit for a pig to live in. Finally, the owner must decide whether to allow the pig to be adopted by that specific person.

Last Wednesday, this same organisation posted photos on Facebook detailing that a number of pigs were allegedly being kept in undesirable conditions, and due to the fact that they are not micro-chipped, Maltese law dictates that they be slaughtered. The owner of the pigs told Newsbook.com.mt that vets from the abattoir had checked up on the pigs and concluded that they are in good health.

Newsbook.com.mt attempted to contact these specific vets a number of times, but up to the point of publication, there was no response.