16 November 2010

Real piggy banks cause uproar from humane society

In the height of tastelessness, a Vancouver based online store is touting a piggy bank made from a real piglet as "the piggy bank of all piggy banks," that has enraged the Canadian Humane Society.

For $4000 and a twelve month wait, Cheeky.com will supply you with a dead piglet that has been taxidermied and "inserted with what all piglets probably dream of as babies, a coin storage unit and a cork plug."

"We've had a few emails today saying some not very nice things to us," said Ryan McCormick joint owner of the site along with Colin Hart. "We're operating a business. It's no different than buying a leather jacket or a leather belt, or having bacon on your BLT."

"This is such an insensitive, callous thing to be promoting this for the holiday season," said Jenelle Petrinchuck of the Winnipeg Humane Society. "Everybody we've shown it to has been disgusted by it. There's no reason to be charging $4000 for that. There's no reason to be charging anything."

Despite the controversy, cheeky.com is refusing to withdraw the product. To date none have been sold.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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